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U.S. Embassy warns people fleeing an active volcano about the COVID dangers associated with cruise ships

The CDC drew jeers and condemnation on social media Friday after evacuees fleeing an active volcano via a Royal Caribbean ship were warned that traveling on cruise ships is not advised due to a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

However, it appears a U.S. embassy might have made the call to remind the people running from eruptions of the latest coronavirus safety measures.

What are the details?

The Associated Press reported that the La Soufriere volcano on the island of St. Vincent has been shooting out explosions of gas and ash for the past week, sending tens of thousands of residents fleeing.

The last time the volcano put off similar blasts was more than a century ago, when some 1,700 people were killed. The current explosions have not yet caused any deaths, but the roofs of homes have collapsed from the weight of the fallen ash and a lot of water supplies have been contaminated.

The outlet reported that “British, U.S. and Canadian nationals were being evacuated aboard Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Celebrity Reflection from the harbor in the Kingstown, capital of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”

The U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, sent out a “natural disaster alert” notifying Americans on St. Vincent that they had coordinated with Royal Caribbean Cruises “for a transit opportunity” to depart the island on Friday and drop everyone off in St. Martin the next day.

Then, the embassy issued this warning:

CDC recommends against travel on cruise ships because the chance of getting COVID-19 on cruise ships is higher since the virus appears to spread more easily between people in close quarters aboard ships. See link to CDC guidance below.

In reaction, Royal Caribbean Blog tweeted out, “The CDC actually warned people fleeing a volcano that cruise ships are unsafe because of Covid-19.”

Most people on Twitter reacted with fury. One person joked that the CDC director’s message was essentially, “I know you will probably burn to death but… floating Petri dish is bad.”

Another wrote, “@CDCgov seems to be out of bounds lately. Volcano & all it’s fireballs vs ship of supplies to help ppl dealing with the volcano (with limited exposure handing off goods). It’s a no brainer. #Cruise.”

Someone else chimed in, “So die in lava instead? Sure that’s more safe.”

But others said the whole thing was a big misunderstanding, and that the U.S. embassy made the call to include the CDC’s latest guidance.

One person tweeted, “You’re misinterpreting the posting from the US Embassy in Barbados. The Embassy was just repeating the latest CDC guidance, which was updated on the CDC website on April 2nd, which is also linked in the posting. The CDC guidance was NOT related to the eruption or evacuation.”

Another added, “It is clear the CDC did NOT do that. The CDC guidance is for cruise ship travel in general. The embassy added the CDC guidance on cruise ships, I assume to be thorough and for people who have other choices to use those.”

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DOJ sues Roger Stone and wife for $2M in unpaid taxes, alleging fraud

The Justice Department sued longtime Trump ally Roger Stone and his wife, Nydia, in a civil lawsuit on Friday, alleging the couple owes unpaid taxes plus interest and penalties to the tune of nearly $2 million.

The feds accuse the Stones of using fraudulent measures to dodge paying up, but Mr. Stone says the suit is “politically motivated.”

What are the details?

The complaint filed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, claims that the Stones underpaid their taxes in the years 2007 through 2011, and in 2018, and that they owe roughly $1.997 million in unpaid taxes, fines and interest.

NBC News noted that “the government also said the Stones at one point entered into an agreement to cover taxes owed through monthly installments of nearly $20,000, but stopped paying.”

The suit also accuses the Stones of moving more than $1 million of their personal funds to an LLC they own, called Drake Ventures, which the DOJ says “evaded and frustrated the IRS’s collection efforts.”

The Stones then allegedly paid “a substantial amount of their personal expenses” from the Drake Ventures accounts, according to the feds.

The lawsuit further states:

Although they used funds held in Drake Ventures accounts to pay some of their taxes, the Stones’ use of Drake Ventures to hold their funds allowed them to shield their personal income from enforced collection and fund a lavish lifestyle despite owing nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties.

The suit was “commenced at the direction of the Attorney General of the United States,” Merrick Garland.

Roger Stone was a target of the Mueller investigation, under which he was found guilty of lying to Congress and was sentenced to 40 months in prison. But former President Trump commuted his sentence in July 2020 before he served any prison time. Trump then pardoned Stone before he left the White House.

In reaction to the DOJ’s lawsuit, Stone told the Associated Press on Friday:

“The Internal Revenue Service is well aware of the fact that my three-year battle for freedom against the corrupted Mueller investigation has left me destitute. They’re well aware that I have no assets and that their lawsuit is politically motivated. It’s particularly interesting that my tax attorneys were not told of this action, filed at close of business on a Friday. The American people will learn, in court, that I am on the verge of bankruptcy and that there are no assets for the government to take.”

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Mike Pompeo doesn’t rule out 2024 White House bid — even if Trump runs

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that he has not ruled out running for Republican presidential nominee in 2024 — even if his former boss, President Donald Trump, makes another White House bid that year.

What are the details?

During an interview with Fox Business’ “WSJ at Large,” host Gerard Baker asked Pompeo, “Are you seriously pondering a run in 2024 for the Republican nomination?”

“Just like every day, I’m going to go work for the set of policies that I’ve been working on all my life, including these last four years as CIA director and then secretary of state,” Pompeo replied.

“I think America first makes an awful lot of sense,” he continued. “We’ve got to do that here at home as well.”

Pompeo went on to say, “What happens electorally in ’22 matters an awful lot. I’m going to go work to help good conservative candidates be elected, and then we’ll consider whether 2024 is an opportunity for me to go back to elected office or not. I love the fight, Gerry.”

Baker then asked, “If President Trump runs again — and all indications are that he may — would you run against him?”

“That’s a long way off,” Pompeo responded, “I don’t think any of us have figured out what we’re doing 2024.” But the former secretary of state left the possibility open, adding, “We’ll make make those decisions another time.”

Speculation about Pompeo running has ramped up in recent weeks after he traveled to Iowa and made a number of stops at GOP gatherings, in what CNN called “an unofficial but unsubtle step into the 2024 presidential race.”

Pompeo declared on the March 26 trip, “We’re in Iowa after all — the first-in-the-nation primary.” Iowa is the first state to caucus, and the first primary is then held in New Hampshire.

Anything else?

Pompeo also hit the news Friday after the State Department’s inspector general’s office released the findings of its investigation into allegations that the former secretary of state and his wife, Susan Pompeo, instructed State Department staff to perform personal tasks for the couple on the taxpayer’s dime.

Politico obtained the report, which found “over 100 requests to Department employees” by the Pompeos “that are inconsistent with the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch or raised questions about the proper use of Department resources.”

Examples of tasks carried out by State Department employees for the Pompeos allegedly included addressing and mailing their Christmas cards, booking hair appointments for Mrs. Pompeo, planning non-government-affiliated events and setting up restaurant reservations for the family.

The outlet reported:

Mike Pompeo, in an interview with investigators, insisted that the requests were often small and the types of things friends do for friends. His lawyer, William Burck, slammed a draft version of the report he received as a politically biased “compilation of picayune complaints cherry-picked by the drafters.”

The inspector general’s office, however, defended the investigation, noting that many of the rules governing such interactions are clear, do not make exceptions for small tasks, and that the Pompeos’ requests ultimately added up to use a significant amount of the time of employees paid by taxpayers.

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San Antonio officer shot during traffic stop; returns fire leaving 2 suspects dead, 1 injured

A San Antonio police officer was shot in the hand Friday morning when the driver of the vehicle opened fire on the officer during a routine traffic stop.

The officer returned fire, killing two occupants in the vehicle and injuring the third.

What are the details?

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus explained during a media conference on the incident that the officer’s body camera was rolling but did not have audio, Fox News reported. The chief described what occurred according to what the footage showed.

“It was a very casual conversation from its appearance,” McManus said, saying that the discussion between the officer and the suspects lasted probably a minute or two when “all of a sudden the gun was pulled and [the officer] ran backward.”

He said multiple shots were fired from the truck.

Despite being shot in the hand, the officer was able to return fire, hitting all three occupants in the vehicle and reloading his service weapon at one point after it malfunctioned.

The male driver and a male passenger did not survive, but a female passenger was transported to a hospital with a gunshot wound to her chest.

McManus did not reveal the identity of the officer or the suspects, but said the officer had been with the department for five years. The chief added, “The officer is very lucky to be alive at that close range having been shot in the hand and not somewhere else more vital.”

Anything else?

McManus had just delivered a presser the day before to explain another officer-involved shooting in San Antonio.

On Thursday, a San Antonio Park Police officer fatally shot a suspect who allegedly drove the wrong way down the terminal roadway at San Antonio International Airport, before stepping out and “firing indiscriminately” at people — including the officer — when confronted.

The suspect, described as a man in his 40s, also fit the description of the suspect who had fired shots at people from a highway overpass earlier that day.

The airport suspect was known to police and had mental health issues, according to McManus.

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Chicago officials release video showing fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo

Video footage released Thursday by Chicago officials shows what happened in the final moments of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer responding to a shots fired call last month.

The boy appears to have both hands empty and arms raised in the moment he was hit with a single shot to his chest, but still images show he appears to have been holding a gun just a moment before.

What are the details?

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, a police watchdog, released extensive footage along with original documentation to the public. The video showing Toledo’s death is extremely graphic and disturbing, and is taken from the body camera of the officer who shot the teen.

At around 2:30 a.m. on March 29, officers responded to a report of eight shots being fired in the Little Village neighborhood, when they encountered Toledo and then-21-year-old Ruben Roman, CBS News reported. Both Toledo and Roman attempted to flee.

In the bodycam footage, Roman is tackled by one officer while another takes chase after the fleeing 13-year-old.

The officer can be seen chasing Toledo down an alley at around 2:30 a.m., yelling to the teen, “Stop! Stop right f***ing now!”

Toledo stops and turns toward the officer, who then yells, “Show me your f***ing hands,” then “Drop it!” before firing the shot.

WGN-TV reported video stills of the fast-moving footage shows that the 13-year-old “appears to have dropped a gun and raised his hands just before” he was shot. The outlet shared a video released by Chicago police showing the sequence of events that night in chronological order.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the bodycam video doesn’t show Toledo “throwing away the gun, and the boy doesn’t appear to be holding a weapon in his raised hands…but another video shows him apparently throwing something through a gap in the fence to the other side — and a video shows an officer discovering a handgun there.”

USA Today reported that Toledo “can be seen tossing what appeared to be a gun behind the fence as he slows down, according to surveillance video shot from across a parking lot,” and that “the video shows the gun coming to rest on the backside of the fence.”

An attorney for the Toledo family emphasized that in the moment the teen was killed, he was complying with police and did not have a weapon in his hands. Adeena Weiss Ortiz called for justice in the officer-involved shooting, saying, “If you’re shooting an unarmed child with his hands in the air, it is an assassination.”

According to BuzzFeed, the attorney said, “”Adam, during his last seconds of life did not have a gun in his hand. His hands were empty when he was shot in the chest at the hands of the officer. He did not have a gun in his hand, contrary to the reports made earlier today.”

She added, “It could be a gun, I’m not going to deny that it could be a gun. It is not relevant because he tossed the gun. If he had a gun, he tossed it. The officer said, ‘Show me your hands.’ He complied. He turned around.”

The Sun-Times reported that the officer involved in the shooting “is a recipient of the superintendent’s award of tactical excellence and 47 other commendations, and he has a military background.” The outlet noted that it will not release the officer’s name because he has not been officially accused of any wrongdoing.

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Police kill suspect they say began ‘shooting indiscriminately’ at people outside San Antonio airport

Police say an officer shot and killed a suspect they said began “shooting indiscriminately” at people outside the San Antonio International Airport on Thursday.

What are the details?

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said during a media conference that they had received a call at around 2:30 of a man driving the wrong way on the lower level terminal roadway at the airport.

As the vehicle approached Terminal B, a San Antonio Park Police officer stepped into the road in front of the car. The man then stopped his car, exited the vehicle, and began shooting toward the officer and in other directions.

The officer returned fire, hitting the suspect, described as a man in his 40s, who was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“The officer who stopped this saved a lot of lives,” the chief continued, saying that the suspect “had a full box of ammunition, he had a .45 caliber handgun that he was shooting in the direction of the terminal, and behind him, indiscriminately. So we were very lucky today not to have a lot of people injured or killed.”

The officer who stopped the gunman is an 11-year veteran of the San Antonio Park Police. No one else was injured in the incident, with the exception of someone sustaining a sprained ankle.

According to KHOU-TV, airport officials said at around 5:45 p.m. that all terminals at San Antonio International had been fully reopened after some were temporarily shut down due to the incident.

Anything else?

ABC News reported that San Antonio police believe the suspect who opened fire at the airport was the same individual who had been firing at people from a highway overpass in San Antonio at around 10:30 a.m. the same day, saying the man fit the description.

The outlet added that “police said they were familiar with the shooter and that he had mental health issues.”

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Pat Robertson says Derek Chauvin should be put ‘under the jail’

Evangelical leader Pat Robertson said Thursday that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin should be “put under the jail” for kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, as the minister called for police to stop the “onslaught” of violence at the hands of law enforcement.

What are the details?

During a segment of “The 700 Club,” Robertson discussed a number of high-profile cases where people were killed in altercations with officers.

The minister brought up the recent case of Daunte Wright, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop by an officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. The now-former officer, Kimberly Potter, claims she mistakenly grabbed her service weapon rather than her Taser to use against Wright as he resisted arrest.

Holding up a handgun and a Taser in opposite hands as props, Robertson said, “Now how she made the difference when she shot that poor guy to death…if you can’t tell the difference and the feel of those things, it’s crazy.”

Robertson told his audience, “You know, I am pro-police, folks. I think we need the police, we need their service, and they do a good job. But, if they don’t stop this onslaught…they cannot do this.”

He went on to discuss the case of a Virginia policeman pepper-spraying a uniformed black Army officer, asking, “why they don’t stop this.”

Then, Robertson moved on to what happened to George Floyd, saying, “This thing that’s going on in Minnesota with Derek Chauvin. I mean, they ought to put him under the jail. He has caused so much trouble” by kneeling on George Floyd’s neck.

“It’s just terrible, what’s happening,” the minister continued, saying of the police, “why don’t they open their eyes to what public relations are? They’ve got to stop this stuff.”

According to The Hill, Robertson concluded:

“We need police. We need them and we need to honor them and I’m all for it. But at the same time, we cannot have a bunch of clowns running around who are underpaid and who really are not the best and brightest. We’ve got to have the best in there.”

Anything else?

Several media outlets expressed dismay over Robertson’s criticisms of the police, with The Independent declaring that he surprised “everyone” after giving a “damning critique of American police.”

The Daily Beast headline read, “Pat Robertson—yes, Pat Robertson—lashes out at cops: ‘They’ve got to stop this stuff!'”

Uproxx reported, “Even Pat Robertson can’t wrap his brain around how a cop could mistake their gun for a Taser.”

But The Hill pointed out that Robertson, a strong supporter of former President Donald Trump, criticized Trump last year for the president’s “law and order” stance in reaction to riots across the nation following the death of Floyd.

“”It seems like now is the time to say, ‘I understand your pain, I want to comfort you, I think it’s time we love each other,’ ” Robertson said at the time. “But the president took a different course. He said, ‘I am the president of law and order,’ and he issued a heads-up.”

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Mike Pence recovering after having pacemaker implanted

Former Vice President Mike Pence is expected to make a full recovery after having a pacemaker implanted this week, his office announced Thursday.

What are the details?

Pence’s office issued a media release explaining that the former vice president had “experienced symptoms associated with a slow heart rate” over the past few weeks, which led to physicians recommending the routine procedure. He is expected to be on the mend for a few days.

“I am grateful for the swift professionalism and care of the outstanding doctors, nurses and staff at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, including Dr. Brett Atwater and Dr. Behnam Tehrani,” Pence, 61, said in a statement. “I also appreciate the consultation of my longtime Indiana physicians, Dr. Michael Busk and Dr. Charles Taliercio at Ascension St. Vincent.”

He added, “My family has been truly blessed by the work of these healthcare professionals.”

Fox News noted that “Pence first disclosed an asymptomatic heart blockage in 2016 after becoming the GOP’s nominee for vice president.”

Anything else?

Pence has issued few statements since leaving office in January, but has taken on a series of projects in recent months.

In February, the former vice president joined conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation as a distinguished visiting fellow, and became the Ronald Reagan Presidential Scholar at Young America’s Foundation.

Last week, he launched a new political advocacy group called “Advancing American Freedom,” a nonprofit organization aimed at “promoting traditional conservative values and promoting the successful policies of the Trump administration,” he told The Washington Examiner.

Pence has been floated as a possible candidate for Republican presidential nominee in 2024, but has not signaled whether or not he intends to run.

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Biden administration to ‘temporarily’ allow abortion pills by mail citing pandemic

The Biden administration is set to “temporarily” lift a Trump administration policy requiring women seeking abortion-inducing drug Mifepristone — also known as RU486 — to be administered in person by health professionals, allowing the pills to be disbursed via mail citing the coronavirus pandemic.

What are the details?

CBS News reported that acting FDA Commission Janet Woodcock informed the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists in a letter on Monday that her agency would allow providers in some states to “exercise enforcement discretion,” citing studies that dismissed any “serious safety concerns…occurring with medical abortion as a result of modifying the in-person dispensing requirement during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Pro-life organization March for Life said of the move:

“With this action, the Biden administration has made it clear that it will prioritize abortion over women’s safety. Allowing unsupervised chemical abortions via telemedicine, without requiring timely access to medical care, will put women in grave danger.

“Data released in 2018 by the FDA shows thousands of adverse events caused by abortion pills, including 768 hospitalizations and 24 deaths since 2000. Chemical abortions should have more medical oversight not less.”

CBS reported that the “temporary” action by the Biden administration handed “abortion-rights groups one of their first major victories of the new administration.”

It was only the first move of the week by President Joe Biden’s administration in rolling back abortion restrictions imposed by former President Donald Trump.

On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services proposed a rule change that would reverse a Trump-era policy that bans abortion referral-services from receiving federal funding, according to ABC News. Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provided, was hardest hit when Trump implemented the restriction.

In a separate report, CBS News explained:

The current rules stemmed from the Trump administration’s promise to “defund Planned Parenthood.” The rule change prompted Planned Parenthood to exit the program, forgoing an estimated $60 million. In 2018, more than four million people relied on Title X for health care services, 41% of whom received services at Planned Parenthood, according to the health clinic.

For decades, Biden — a lifelong Catholic — supported the 1980 Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer dollars being spent on abortions. But he reversed his position on the policy when he ran for the Democratic ticket in 2020.

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Maryland cop fatally shoots teen who allegedly threatened him with what turned out to be an airsoft gun

A Maryland State Police trooper responding to two “suspicious person” calls fatally shot a 16-year-old who allegedly threatened the officer with a knife and what turned out to be an airsoft gun, authorities said Tuesday.

What are the details?

Superintendent Woodrow Jones said during a new conference that the initial 911 caller in Leonardtown reported saying they believed the “guy” had a gun, before hanging up on the dispatcher. The second caller gave a street address for the individual purportedly acting suspiciously.

Jones said that a witness described the teen, Peyton Ham, standing in a driveway in “a shooting stance, pointing a gun at the trooper” when he arrived alone. Ham allegedly told the officer he also had a knife. The officer then shot the teen, wounding him.

According to Jones, another witness claimed “Ham then pulled out a knife and tried to get up,” the Associated Press reported. The trooper says he told Ham to drop the knife, but the teen allegedly refused, so the officer shot him a second time.

Fellow officers who later responded to assist at the scene rendered aid to Ham, who was taken to a hospital and later died.

According to the AP, both the trooper and Ham are white. There is no body camera footage or dashcam footage of the incident.

Maryland State Trooper shoots, kills teen that had a knife and airsoft gun, officials say

Anything else?

Online observers drew a correlation between the Maryland shooting and the 2014 high-profile death of the black 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed by an officer in Cleveland while holding what was later found to be an airsoft pistol.

Rice was shot “within two seconds” of officers arriving and seeing the child at Cudell Park, while responding to a report of a man with a gun. The pre-teen’s replica gun was missing the telltale orange tip that is typically affixed to the non-lethal toy guns.

Officer Timothy Loehmann, who killed Rice, did not face charges in the incident that officials called “a perfect storm of human error.”

Columbia University associate professor John McWhorter tweeted of the Maryland shooting, “I have often written that we simply never hear about whites killed by cops in the same ways as blacks. But I’ve never quite known of a parallel to one case: what happened to Tamir Rice – till now.”

McWhorter received mixed reviews and further calls for discussion over drawing the connection.

One person wrote, “You’re ignoring that the police initially claimed that Rice pulled a gun on them. It was only the video footage that proved the police were lying. In this case there is no video footage and for some reason you’re backing the police version without any verification.”

Another added, “Also, now having read this story (assuming it’s true which is not a given yet) this person is not similar to Tamir Rice at all, his having a knife on him and pointing the rifle at the cop. Tamir Rice was a kid whiling away his time. Cops pulled up and shot him in a millisecond.”

Someone else replied, “I agree that knowing the details after the fact we can see a difference. But how is it different from the officers perspective when they have a gun of any kind pointed at them?”

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One dead, 6 rescued and 12 still missing after vessel capsizes off Louisiana coast during storm

One person has died, six have been rescued, and a dozen are still missing as the U.S. Coast Guard and a fleet of independent maritime volunteers continue to search for crewmembers after a commercial platform vessel capsized during a brutal storm Tuesday afternoon.

What are the details?

A 129-foot liftboat named Seacor Power departed from Port Fourchon, The Washington Post reported, when “it found itself caught in a ferocious storm, facing up to 90 mph gusts and towering waves that capsized the commercial vessel carrying 19 people in the Gulf of Mexico.”

The newspaper reported that “the U.S. Coast Guard and a fleet of good Samaritans” continued to search Wednesday for the sailors who remained unaccounted for.

Coast Guard New Orleans sector commander Capt. Will Watson explained during a media conference that just before 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the Coast Guard received a distress call from a “good Samaritan” who reported seeing the Seacor Power capsized roughly seven nautical miles from Port Fourchon. The ship had left the port at around 1:30 p.m. that day.

CBS News reported that the Seacor Power also put out its own distress call, after which the Coast Guard “issued an urgent marine broadcast that prompted multiple private vessels in the area to respond, saving four of the crewmembers.” The outlet added that “Coast Guard crews in boats rescued another two people.”

Watson said, as an aside to his prepared statement the next morning, that the Coast Guard has received “so many calls from folks in the maritime industry that want to get involved and it’s been tremendous.” He added that volunteers offered to help from both the sea and the air to assist in the search efforts.

When asked about the ongoing efforts to find the dozen sailors still missing, Watson said:

“I’ll put it to you this way: Whenever we engage, the Coast Guard engages in a search and rescue effort. We are hopeful. You can’t do this work if you’re not optimistic, if you’re not hopeful when you do it. … We’re one day approximately into this operation and we’re giving it all we got.”

U.S. Coast Guard update on capsized ship off Louisiana coast

Anything else? reported that the Seacor Power was not the only boat that struggled during the storm.

The outlet spoke with a crewmember of another vessel, the Poppa P, who reported hearing no less than 15 distress calls, including one by a shrimp boat that overturned and another from a different vessel that took on water.

The crewman said that the Poppa P also heard the distress call from the Seacor Power.

“They were screaming, ‘Seacor Power just flipped,'” he recalled, adding, “It was terrifying to hear.”

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Harris to visit Mexico and Guatemala ‘as soon as possible,’ dodges on whether she might take trip to US border

Vice President Kamala Harris announced Wednesday that she is planning to visit the countries of Mexico and Guatemala “as soon as possible” in her diplomatic efforts aimed at stemming the record surge of migrants illegally entering the U.S. at its southern border.

But the vice president refused to answer when asked whether she might visit the border as the administration struggles with the crisis, instead saying Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas is handling it.

What are the details?

Harris hosted a virtual roundtable with a panel of experts on the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, saying in her introduction that the citizens of those nations should be assured by the U.S. that “if they stay home, help is on the way.”

At the first opportunity for questions from the press, a reporter asked the vice president, “Will you visit the southern border? Do you have a trip planned? Will you plan one in the future if the situation with migration doesn’t resolve itself?”

“The president has asked Secretary Mayorkas to address what’s going on at the border,” Harris replied, “and he’s been working very hard at that and is showing some progress because of his hard work.”

“I have been asked to lead the issue of dealing with root causes,” Harris said, emphasizing that “these are issues that are not going to be addressed overnight.”

She added that “a large part of our focus is diplomatic,” revealing that she has “plans in the work to go to Guatemala as soon as possible,” and that she hopes to stop in Mexico on her way when that trip occurs.

VP Harris says US can “meet the needs” of Northern Triangle residents, is not focused on border

Politico reported Wednesday:

The White House has taken pains to specify that the president has tasked Harris specifically with addressing the flow of migrants in Central America and not the situation at the U.S. southern border. But a chorus of Republican lawmakers and conservative media pundits have nonetheless laid into Harris over what they have characterized as her inaction on the issue.

Biden tapped Harris to take the lead on “stemming the migration” from Northern Triangle countries on Mar. 24. That same day, the vice president told CBS News that she and Biden would “absolutely” visit the southern border sometime soon.

Three weeks later, Harris’ roundtable discussion is the first conference she has held on the crisis, where she dodged on whether she would take a trip the border.

Anything else?

During a media conference held by House Republican leadership on Wednesday, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) mocked Harris’ visible absence from the southern border by displaying a milk carton with the vice president’s picture on it. The caption on the carton by Harris’ photo read, “Missing at the border.”

House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) explained at the presser, “The president has said Vice President Harris is in charge of the border. Vice President Harris said she was not in charge of the border. Nobody seems to be in charge. She hasn’t been there, and we have a humanitarian and national security crisis and health crisis unfolding there.”

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Daunte Wright faced attempted robbery case when killed by cop,  allegedly choked woman and held her at gunpoint

Daunte Wright had an outstanding warrant linked to a prior arrest when he was fatally shot by a Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer.

Court documents show Wright was facing an attempted robbery charge over an incident where he allegedly choked a woman and held her at gunpoint.

What are the details?

The New York Post published court records Wednesday showing that Wright and another man, Emajay Driver, were charged with first-degree attempted robbery in December 2019 for allegedly trying to steal $820 from a woman.

The documents from Hennepin County claim Wright and Driver were at the victim’s apartment and all three were leaving when Wright “turned around and blocked the door preventing victim from leaving.”

Wright then pulled a gun, pointed it at the woman, demanding she hand over the cash he saw her roommate give her for rent.

“Are you serious?” the victim asked, according to the probable cause statement.

Wright then allegedly replied, “Give me the f***ing money, I know you have it.”

Wright then allegedly choked the victim twice during a struggle, and threatened to shoot her as he unsuccessfully tried to pull the cash from her bra — where she had placed the money for safekeeping.

According to The Daily Mail, Wright’s bail was originally set at $100,000, and a bail bondsman paid $40,000 for his release. “But his bail was revoked in July last year due to his ‘failure to not possess a firearm or ammunition’ and not keeping in touch with his probation officer, court papers show,” the Mail noted.

Wright was due to face trial on a charge of attempted aggravated robbery, the Mail reported, with a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The Post reported that “the case was still pending” when Wright was pulled over by Brooklyn Center police officers on Sunday, where he resisted arrest and was shot by Officer Kim Potter, who claims she intended to use her Taser on Wright but instead, mistakenly grabbed her service weapon.

Fox News reported that Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, said “her son called her as he was supposedly getting pulled over for having air fresheners hanging in his rear-view mirror – an offense in Minnesota.”

“All he did was have air fresheners in the car, and they told him to get out of the car,” Katie Wright said, adding that before the call ended, she heard someone say, “Daunte, don’t run.”

Authorities said Wright had expired license plate tags on his vehicle and an outstanding warrant.

Anything else?

Officer Potter resigned Tuesday, along with the department’s police chief, Tim Gannon.

On Monday, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott took control of the city’s police department thanks to a vote by the city council, who also fired City Manager Curt Boganey in an emergency session after he said in a press conference earlier that day that Potter would receive “due process” over the incident.

CBS News reported that the Washington County district attorney, who is in charge of the case, said he would decide Wednesday whether criminal charges would be filed against Potter.

Police chief and officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright resign

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NM Dem gov’s campaign pays at least $62K in settlement to ex-staffer who says she grabbed his crotch: report

The 2018 gubernatorial campaign of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) has paid at least $62,500 to a former aide who says the governor grabbed his crotch — and the ex-staffer could get more, according to a report.

What are the details?

The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that documents show Lujan Grisham’s campaign has made four payments of $12,500 “as part of a settlement” with former campaign spokesman James Hallinan, who accused the governor of “pouring a bottle of water on his crotch and then grabbing his crotch through his clothes as she laughed, an incident he said took place in front of other campaign staffers.”

The outlet noted that Hallinan made the claims in late 2019, roughly a year after he left the campaign. The former ex-staffer says he was talked out of reporting the incident by the campaign manager, Dominic Gabello, who now serves as a senior adviser in the governor’s office.

Current campaign spokesman Jared Leopold told the newspaper that Gov. Lujan Grisham, Gabello, and the campaign organization itself “strenuously deny that there is any merit or truth to Mr. Hallinan’s claims, including his claims about difficulty finding or keeping work after the campaign.”

Leopold added, “They reached a settlement in order to avoid the continuing distraction and significant expense of possible litigation and allow them to concentrate on working for the people of New Mexico during this pandemic.”

Fox News reported that Hallinan claims Lujan Grisham assaulted him while at the home of state Rep. Deborah Armstrong (D), whose office also denies the incident occurred. The governor’s spokeswoman, Nora Myers Sackett, said of the ordeal, “We’re a rambunctious bunch. I think they were playing around with water.”

But Hallinan’s attorney confirmed to the outlet that things had been settled on the matter, telling them in a statement, “Governor Lujan Grisham and Mr. Hallinan have resolved any differences or issues to their satisfaction. I am not able to provide any further information.”

Sackett declined to tell the Associated Press whether further payment is still due to Hallinan.

Records: New Mexico governor settles harassment allegation

Anything else?

In reaction to the news, the Republican Governor’s Association called Lujan Grisham’s settlement “a $62,500 crotch grab.”

“After years of vehement denial, Governor Lujan Grisham’s now revealed sexual harassment settlement certainly raises questions of why she tried to discredit her alleged victim,” association spokesman Will Reinert told the Santa Fe New Mexican in an email. “Where there is smoke there is usually fire, and Lujan Grisham just wrote a check for $62,500 worth of kindling.”

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Kenosha officer who shot Jacob Blake will not face discipline and has returned to duty: Police chief

The Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer who shot Jacob Blake — a black man who was shot seven times in the back and paralyzed from the waist down during an altercation with law enforcement last summer — is back on the job.

Kenosha Police Department Chief Daniel Miskinis says multiple investigations have cleared Officer Rusten Sheskey of any wrongdoing in the August incident, and the officer has returned to duty.

What are the details?

Miskinis issued a statement Tuesday saying that according to an internal review, Sheskey “was found to have been acting within policy and will not be subjected to discipline” over the high-profile case, adding that the officer had returned from administrative leave on March 31.

“Although this incident has been reviewed at multiple levels, I know that some will not be pleased with the outcome,” Miskinis wrote, “however, given the facts, the only lawful and appropriate decision was made.”

The chief also pointed out that Sheskey had already been cleared of wrongdoing by an outside agency, an independent expert, and the Kenosha County district attorney.

In January, Kenosha DA Michael Graveley announced that neither Sheskey or any other officers involved would face charges over the incident with Blake, whose shooting sparked more than a week of protests over racial justice in the city that descended into violence.

Graveley said at the time, “If you don’t believe you can prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt, you have an ethical obligation not to issue charges,” noting that the officers involved had a strong case for self-defense.

The altercation with Blake began after authorities were called to the residence of a woman who was reportedly Blake’s ex-girlfriend, who claimed Blake was attempting to steal her vehicle.

She had accused him of sexually assaulting her in May.

Video of the Aug. 23 run-in with police shows officers approaching Blake as he walks away from them to get in a vehicle, where his children were inside. Blake was armed with a knife, and an attorney for Sheskey later explained that the officer believed Blake might harm him or the children in the car.

Blake admitted in a January interview with host Michael Strahan on “Good Morning America” that he was armed with a knife, but that his intention was to “put the knife in the SUV and then lay on the ground to submit to the police officers.”

NBC News reported that Blake filed a federal complaint against Sheskey last month, seeking unspecified damages.

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Rep. Madison Cawthorn proposes the ‘Donument Act’ making Trump’s border wall a national monument to protect it

North Carolina Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn has rolled out legislation that would protect former President Donald Trump’s southern border wall by making the barrier a national monument.

What are the details?

The proposal is named the “Donument Act,” and would create a “Southern Border Wall National Monument” thereby giving the wall “permanent protection from alteration,” according a news release from the congressman’s office.

The Charlotte Observer reported, “The national monument would consist of 289,920 acres of land in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas,” and “the secretary of interior would be in charge of administration of the monument.”

“For four years President Trump worked to secure the southern border of the United States by constructing a wall in places where there was little to no fencing,” Cawthorn said in a statement. “President Trump was able to build 455 miles of wall by the time he left office, and had funds allocated for further construction. A secure southern border was no longer simply a dream, it was a tangible reality. Sadly this reality is fast disappearing.

“Immediately after gaining office, Biden issued a slew of Executive Orders, one of which directed a pause in planned wall construction and a reallocation of funds obligated for that purpose,” he continued. “Following Biden’s decision to place partisan politics over the security of the American people, illegal immigration, and drug trafficking rates skyrocketed. It’s time to put the safety and wellbeing of Americans first.”

Cawthorn added, “I will make every effort to protect and secure the southern border, and advance an America first agenda. If Biden refuses to finish the wall, you can be sure that American patriots will do everything in their power to protect it.”

USA Today noted that, if passed, the “Donument Act” would make the southern border wall the 159th national monument in the U.S. However, it has little chance of making traction in the Democrat-controlled House.

Cawthorn, 25, is the youngest member of Congress. He was sworn into office in January and spoke last year at the Republican National Convention.

Anything else?

On President Joe Biden’s first day in the White House, he terminated the emergency order Trump had placed on the southern border and issued a “redirection of funds” that had been allocated for further wall construction. Now, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says March saw the highest number of illegal immigrants in a decade pouring into the U.S. from Mexico.

In the midst of the crisis, the Department of Homeland Security under Biden is now reportedly considering opening construction of the wall again in areas where there are “gaps.”

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3 Georgia police officers shot, one suspect killed, and another apprehended after chase

Three Georgia law enforcement officers were shot, a suspect is dead, and another is in custody after a chase that began with a state trooper clocking a vehicle going 111 mph about 3:30 a.m. Monday on Interstate 20 in Bremen, Georgia.

What are the details?

The trooper flagged a 2015 Nissan Sentra for the excessive speed, and the driver stopped but then took off again as the officer approached the rear of the car. The officer followed and bumped the vehicle. On the second bump, a passenger in the Sentra “leaned out of the front passenger window and began firing at the trooper with a rifle,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigations said in a news release.

The trooper’s vehicle was hit, disabling it. Then, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the Carrollton Police Department, and the Villa Rica Police Department joined the chase.

The passenger then allegedly shot CPS Sgt. Rob Holloway, before the Sentra crashed near an elementary school in Villa Rica.

Both suspects — brothers Aaron Jajuan Shelton, 22, and Pier Alexander Shelton, 28 — fled on foot, leading to a search by law enforcement. According to, the brothers were from Birmingham, Alabama.

The GBI reported:

At approximately 5:00 A.M. and 5:30 A.M., the men shot towards officers and Villa Rica Police Officer Chase Gordy returned shots and was shot twice. Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy John Repetto was also shot at and sustained a gunshot injury.

Pier Shelton was fatally shot by law enforcement, and Aaron Shelton was taken into custody on five counts of aggravated assault and three counts of aggravated battery. He is being held at the Carroll County Jail.

Sgt. Holloway was flown to a hospital and underwent surgery, and Officer Repetto was taken to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment for being shot in the arm, WGCL-TV reported.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Officer Gordy, who joined the unit last fall. Officer Gordy was transported to a hospital in Atlanta.

Anything else? reported that GBI did not immediately disclose which brother was driving the Sentra.

The outlet noted that “Aaron Shelton pleaded guilty in January 2019 to attempted murder and robbery in connection with a March 6, 2018 shooting in Birmingham,” and “Pier Shelton has prior arrests here for unlawful possession of marijuana and having a pistol in a vehicle. Both were dismissed.”

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Mayor takes over police dept., fires city manager who vowed ‘due process’ for officer in death of Daunte Wright

The mayor and city council of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, have made some major changes a day after Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man, was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon.

Mayor Mike Elliott announced Monday evening he has commandeered the city’s police department thanks to the city council. The council also voted to fire City Manager Curt Boganey — who promised Monday that the officer involved in the shooting would be given “due process.”

What are the details?

During a news conference regarding the death of Wright before the council meeting, Elliott explained that Boganey controls the police department and he gave the city manager the floor.

Boganey immediately addressed a prior question about the prospect of firing the officer involved in the shooting, saying, “All employees working for the city of Brooklyn Center are entitled to due process with respect to discipline. This employee will receive due process, and that’s all I can really say today.”

Elected in 2019, Elliott tweeted hours later with no explanation, “Effective immediately our city manager has been relieved of his duties, and the deputy city manager will be assuming his duties moving forward. I will continue to work my hardest to ensure good leadership at all levels of our city government.”

The StarTribune reported that Boganey — who had worked for the city since 2005 — was terminated at an emergency City Council meeting where the officials voted to not only get rid of the city manager but to hand authority of the police department over to Elliott. The outlet noted that the council was also “poised to fire” Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon.

At least one City Council member expressed uneasiness about terminating Boganey, according to the paper, who reported:

At a virtual council workshop, Council Member Kris Lawrence-Anderson said she voted to remove the city manager because she feared for her property and retaliation by protestors if she had voted to keep him.

“He was doing a great job. I respect him dearly,” she said. “I didn’t want repercussions at a personal level.”

Brooklyn Center is about 10 miles from Minneapolis, where tensions are high as the trial against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd, remains ongoing.

The high-profile video of Chauvin, kneeling for over nine minutes on Floyd’s neck before his death, has sparked protests against police brutality and for racial justice across the country, which lasted for months.

Anything else?

Police also said Monday that the fatal shooting of Wright was an accident by an unidentified “very senior” female officer who apparently mistook her handgun for a Taser.

The Brooklyn Center Police Department released body camera video of the deadly shooting of Wright on Monday.

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Biden set to name Cindy McCain for ‘coveted’ ambassador post: report

President Joe Biden is set to announce he has picked longtime Republican Cindy McCain as ambassador to the “coveted” ambassadorship to the U.N. World Food Programme, according to a report from Politico.

What are the details?

The outlet’s “Playbook” reported Monday that Biden picked McCain for the “coveted” Rome-based post in Western Europe, noting that the news comes “after the administration declined to install at least one member from the opposing party in a Cabinet position — a practice of three consecutive presidents (BILL CLINTON, GEORGE W. BUSH and BARACK OBAMA) before DONALD TRUMP broke the streak.”

Politico says the background check for McCain is already underway for the role.

The Washington Examiner pointed out that McCain, 66, “has worked to curb world hunger and human trafficking in her role as chairwoman of the McCain Institute board of trustees, overseeing work in Southeast Asia and Africa.”

McCain broke with the GOP in endorsing Biden for president — even speaking at the Democratic National Convention ahead of the election — and her late husband, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), often clashed with former President Donald Trump before passing away from brain cancer in 2018.

Trump continued to criticize the departed war hero after his death.

Biden has vowed to bring unity between Republicans and Democrats during his presidency, but thus far has not named anyone from the GOP to a post. While that is expected to change when he rolls out his ambassador picks, any Republican tapped by the Biden White House will likely be from the Never Trump faction of the party.

Anything else?

Another former Arizona GOP senator, Jeff Flake, told CNN earlier this year that had been in talks with the Biden administration for a diplomatic post.

“All I’ve said is I would have an interest in making sure that President Biden’s foreign policy is bipartisan,” Flake said. “You know, we used to say that partisanship stops at the water’s edge.”

Flake said he had been in touch with the administration, but there were no specifics discussed.

Axios reported at the time that Flake’s name has been floated by the Biden administration as a possible pick for ambassador to South Africa or a European country.

Flake is another longtime Republican who has been a vocal critic of Trump. He won election to the upper chamber in 2013, and did not seek re-election to a second term.

In an op-ed published earlier this year, he argued that Republicans should have voted along with Democrats in impeaching Trump over his alleged role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Breaking: Police report ‘multiple’ gunshot victims, including officer, at Knoxville high school

Police in Knoxville, Tennessee, say “multiple” victims have been shot, including a Knoxville Police Department officer, at Austin-East Magnet High School.

What are the details?

The Knoxville Police Department tweeted Monday afternoon, “Multiple agencies are on the scene of a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School. Multiple gunshot victims reported, including a KPD officer. The investigation remains active at this time. Please avoid the area.”

“I’m walking up to the scene now,” Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie told WVLT-TV, adding, “All I can say is pray.”

Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas tweeted, “The school building has been secured and students who were not involved in the incident have been released to their families.”

This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Gun rights advocates raise alarm over Biden ATF pick, who was agent involved in Waco massacre case

Second Amendment advocates are raising the alarm over President Joe Biden’s nominee for leading the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

David Chipman is not only a longtime gun control lobbyist, but was actively involved as an agent in the case of the U.S. government killing more than 70 people in a Waco, Texas, massacre in 1993.

What are the details?

Biden announced Chipman as his pick on Thursday, and gun rights advocates were quick to point out that the nominee is a senior advisor to Giffords, a gun control group started by former Rep. Gabbie Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband, now-Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.).

Chipman also spent 25 years working as an ATF agent, where he served on the SWAT team for the agency and in other roles.

But a close look at his resume shows that Chipman was a “case agent in [the] Branch Davidian trial” while stationed in Waco, Texas, from 1993 to 1998.

The Branch Davidians were a cult that lived in a compound in Waco, and 76 of them died including women, children, and sect leader David Koresh after a search warrant turned into a standoff where gunfire was exchanged and the building was burned to the ground. Five ATF agents were also killed in the siege, and another 16 injured.

A Reddit thread circulated by several outlets shows that Chipman lied about what occurred at the 1993 tragedy during a question and answer session a year ago.

Chipman wrote that “At Waco, cult members used 2 .50 caliber Barretts to shoot down two Texas Air National Guard helicopters. Point, it is true we are fortunate they are not used in crime more often. The victims of drug lords in Mexico are not so lucky. America plays a role in fueling the violence south of the border.”

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson pointed out Chipman’s comments on his show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” on Thursday, saying, “No one aboard a federal helicopter was shot or injured that day. The helicopters didn’t crash. That is a bizarre claim to make from someone who was directly involved in the case, as David Chipman was.”

The Daily Mail published a photo Friday purportedly showing Chipman as a young agent posing in the burned ruins of the Branch Davidian compound, while holding a firearm.

In reaction to Chipman’s nomination, National Association for Gun Rights President Dudley Brown told Fox News in a statement, “David Chipman has been on the leading edge of ATF scandals for decades, all the way back to Waco – and now he shills for gun confiscation with Gun Control Inc.”

Brown added, “Chipman has embraced every hair-brained gun control scheme proposed, so of course Biden and [Vice President Kamala] Harris chose him – he’ll fit right in with their corrupt administration.”

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CA business owner says he has to close up shop after a year of lockdown. Then heroes step in.

Joe Tahanian owns The Wine Bar in Montrose, California. A year ago, he made headlines when he tried to fight the coronavirus lockdowns that were crippling his business.

After even selling his furniture to stay afloat, Tahanian told a local reporter this week that it was the end of the line for his business. But once the story got out, heroes stepped in.

What are the details?

KTTV-TV reporter Bill Melugin tweeted Thursday, “April 2020, I took these photos of Joe Tahanian, owner of The Wine Cave, a bar in Montrose. We did a story w/ him about how he planned to stay open during lockdowns. The day after it aired, authorities threatened him, & he complied. He just called me. He lost his business today.”

Melugin attached the story he did on Tahanian last year, where The Wine Bar owner explained that he felt he had no choice but to defy lockdowns because his business would not stay afloat otherwise. Tahanian said back then, “Unless they handcuff me and take me to jail, I will not close.”

After hearing of Tahanian’s plight, celebrity chef Andrew Gruel tweeted Friday, “Just spoke with Joseph. We need to raise $100k to get his business back on track. We will contribute what we can. Please spread the word and help by donating to our gofundme below. All $ from this point forward will go to Joseph.”

Gruel has worked to raise funds for restaurants and their workers amid the lockdowns, and has been a thorn in the side of California officials killing the businesses with COVID-19 restrictions.

According to Melugin, Gruel also reached out Dave Portnoy, president of Barstool Sports, who has saved numerous small businesses across the country with tens of millions raised through his initiative, the Barstool Fund.

Portnoy told Tahanian that Barstool Fund would supply the $100,000 needed for him to keep The Wine Bar, and the business owner would also be receiving another $10,000 raised by Gruel.

In reaction to Melugin’s tweets about Tahanian on Friday, one person lashed out at the reporter, saying, “It is not the fault of the government or the authorities that he lost his business. It’s the fault of the people who refused to comply with simple and reasonable preventive measures to stop the spread of an infection.”

Melugin replied, “He has been shut down since last April. He complied. Even sold off all his furniture on Craigslist to try to stay afloat as long as he could. His reward for complying was losing everything he ever worked for. 100% the fault of government rules. No revenue for an entire year.”

Anything else?

When reached for reaction to Tahanian’s story, Melugin told TheBlaze, “I’m thrilled both Chef Gruel and Portnoy stepped up to help Joe out. He’s a really good guy and was on the verge of losing everything through no fault of his own. Happy that his story went viral and he got some quick help! He deserves it.”

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House Ethics Committee launches investigation into Matt Gaetz as he hires legal team amid DOJ probe

The House Committee on Ethics announced Friday it has launched an investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) over claims stemming from the Department of Justice’s purported sexual misconduct probe of the lawmaker.

The same day, the office of the GOP firebrand confirmed that he has assembled a legal team to fight the “unfounded allegations” he is facing.

What are the details?

The Ethics Committee issued a statement saying, in part:

The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Matt Gaetz may have engaged in sexual misconduct and/or illicit drug use, shared inappropriate images or videos on the House floor, misused state identification records, converted campaign funds to person use, and/or accepted a bribe, improper gratuity, or impermissible gift, in violation of House Rules, laws, or other standards of conduct.

The statement added that “the Committee notes that the mere fact that it is investigating these allegations, and publicly disclosing its review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.”

Gaetz has acknowledged that the DOJ is investigating him, but claims the probe was launched out of a criminal extortion plot led by a former DOJ official who sought $25 million from the congressman’s father.

The Florida Republican also wrote an op-ed earlier this week defending himself, saying that while he is “not a monk” he is “certainly not a criminal.” Gaetz did not mention the alleged extortion scheme in the piece.

After the DOJ probe made the news, further allegations against Gaetz surfaced, including a report from CNN claiming that he showed House colleagues nude photos and videos of females while bragging that he had slept with the women.

The New York Times also published a report claiming that the DOJ is focusing on Gaetz and indicted former Florida tax collector Joel Greenberg’s “involvement with multiple women who were recruited online for sex and received cash payments” from the men in exchange for drug-fueled hotel romps.

Greenberg, an ally of Gaetz’s, currently faces several felony charges including sex trafficking of a minor.

According to The Daily Beast, Venmo records show that Gaetz paid Greenberg a total of $900 one night in May of 2018, funds that were then passed along to three women — including an 18-year-old.

Gaetz has lost his legislative director and his communications director amid the scandal, but his office put out a statement Thursday from unnamed female aides in his office which read that “at no time has any one of us experienced or witnessed anything less than the utmost professionalism and respect,” adding that they “uniformly reject” the allegations against him “as false.”

The congressman’s office told Fox News on Friday that Gaetz had secured a legal team led by attorneys Marc Mukasey and Isabelle Kishner, who “will take the fight to those trying to smear his name with falsehoods.”

“Matt has always been a fighter,” the spokesperson told the outlet. “A fighter for his constituents, a fighter for the country, and a fighter for the Constitution. He’s going to fight back against the unfounded allegations against him.”

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Biden border czar announces resignation amidst disastrous humanitarian crisis at the border

Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator for the Southern Border Roberta Jacobson said Friday that she is leaving government at the end of the month, making the announcement a day after U.S. Customs and Border Protection released data showing record numbers of illegal immigrants are pouring into the U.S. from Mexico.

What are the details?

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan issued a statement saying that Jacobson would be “retiring from her role as Coordinator” at the end of this month, saying the move was “consistent with her commitment at the outset to serve in the [Biden] Administration’s first 100 days.”

Jacobson, the former ambassador to Mexico, confirmed the news to The New York Times while praising the Biden administration, saying, “They continue to drive toward the architecture that the president has laid out: an immigration system that is humane, orderly and safe.”

She added, “I leave optimistically. The policy direction is so clearly right for our country.”

The Times reported that Jacobson intends to leave government entirely at the end of April, adding:

The timing of her departure is nonetheless striking, coming in the middle of the administration’s efforts to reduce the flow of immigration from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Ms. Jacobson had been charged with leading that effort when her appointment was announced this year.

On Thursday, the CBP reported that according to their numbers, March saw the highest monthly total of migrants attempting to cross into the U.S. from Mexico in more than a decade, hitting 172,000 — a 71% increase from the month before.

More than two weeks ago, President Joe Biden announced that Vice President Kamala Harris would be taking the lead for the administration to stem the surge of migration at the southern border, but Harris has yet to hold a press conference on the matter or to visit the area.

In Sullivan’s statement on Friday, he reiterated that Biden asked Harris “to lead the Administration’s work on our efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle, a testament to the importance this administration places on improving conditions in the region.”

Jacobson denies that Harris being tapped to handle the crisis had any bearing on her decision to step down, telling The Times, “I briefed and worked in support of the vice president’s leadership on this issue. Nobody could be more delighted to see the vice president take on that role. It didn’t have anything to do with my decision.”