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NFL hits New Orleans Saints with massive fine, draft penalty for celebrating without face masks

The New Orleans Saints were hit with a massive fine and costly penalty over the weekend for celebrating their recent win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an NFL South division rival, without face coverings.

What are the details?

Following their dominating 38-3 win over the Buccaneers on Nov. 8, Saints players and the team’s coaching staff allegedly celebrated without wearing face masks. In response, league officials have fined the team a whopping $500,000 and revoked a seventh-round draft pick, according to ESPN.

Videos posted to social media showed numerous players and head coach Sean Payton celebrating postgame in their locker room without masks. Those videos circulated online and apparently caught the attention of league officials.

League sources told ESPN reporter Mike Triplett that the Saints’ discipline was directly in response to the team’s non-masked activity in the locker room after the game.

“It was actions in the video with unmasked players in the locker room after the game,” the source said. “The team also had previous violations and was provided ample warning that further actions would result in escalated discipline.”

Why such a harsh penalty?

The Saints are not the first team to be penalized for violating the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol. The New England Patriots, for example, were tagged with a $350,000 fine for not following league rules after quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19 last month, ESPN reported.

However, the Saints are a repeat offender, leading to the more severe penalty.

In fact, the team has already been hit with one COVID-related penalty. Head coach Sean Payton was hit with a $100,000 fine and the team with a $250,000 fine after Payton was caught without a face covering during a game in September.

Nor are the Saints the first NFL team to receive such a stiff fine levied against them for COVID reasons — that distinction belongs to the Las Vegas Raiders.

From USA Today in early November:

After Raiders right tackle Trent Brown tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago, the NFL found video evidence that included several players not wearing masks or face shields and not adhering to social distancing on the sidelines, a person with knowledge of the league’s investigation told USA TODAY Sports under the condition of anonymity. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal details of the probe. The investigation also found that Brown removed the electronic contact tracing device that players and staff members are required to wear as a tool for mitigating spread.

In response, the NFL fined the Raiders $500,000, stripped the franchise of a sixth-round draft pick, and fined head coach Jon Gruden $150,000.

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Biden suffers multiple foot fractures while playing with dog, will ‘require a walking boot,’ doc says

Former Vice President Joe Biden twisted his ankle over the weekend while playing with his dog, Major, and he sustained several hairline fractures in his foot.

What are the details?

According to Biden’s longtime doctor, Kevin O’Connor, initial X-rays did not show obvious injuries. However, a follow-up examination revealed the fractures.

“Initial X-rays are reassuring that there is no obvious fracture and he will be getting an additional CT for more detailed imaging,” O’Connor said in a statement. “Follow-up CT scan confirmed hairline (small) fractures of President-elect Biden’s lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, which are in the mid-foot.”

“It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks,” O’Connor added.

Earlier in the day, Biden’s team said he would be seen by an orthopedist “out of an abundance of caution.” After leaving the doctor’s office, Biden was “visibly limping,” the Associated Press reported.

Major is one of two German Shepherd dogs that will live with the Bidens in the White House. The couple adopted the dog in 2018, according to the AP. Their other dog is Champ. The Bidens have also stated they plan to have a cat during their tenure at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

How is Biden’s health?

The former vice president, who turned 78 years old earlier this month, will be the oldest president in American history when he is sworn in on Jan. 20.

Last December, O’Connor released a three-page report detailing Biden’s health.

From CNN:

Biden is being treated for non-valvular atrial fibrillation, or AFib — an irregular heartbeat that O’Connor said Biden experiences no symptoms of. He takes Crestor to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as Eliquis to prevent blood clots, Nexium for acid reflux, and Allegra and a nasal spray for seasonal allergies.

The most significant medical event in Biden’s history, his doctor wrote, came in 1988, when he suffered a brain aneurysm. During surgery, doctors found a second aneurysm that had not bled, which they also treated.”He has never had any recurrences of any aneurysms,” O’Connor wrote.

In sum, O’Connor said Biden’s health is sufficient to carry out the duties of president.

“Vice President Biden is a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State, and Commander in Chief,” O’Connor wrote.

What did President Trump say?

President Donald Trump reacted to the news about Biden’s foot injury by wishing his successor well.

“Get well soon!” Trump tweeted.

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Lawsuit alleges Starbucks fired Christian barista who refused to wear LGBT ‘pride’ shirt

A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against Starbucks claiming that she was fired from her barista job because she refused to wear a company t-shirt that promoted LGBT “pride.”

The lawsuit was filed on Nov. 19 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

What are the details?

According to the lawsuit, Betsy Fresse, a Christian from Newark, was attending a meeting in her manager’s office at the Glen Ridge location in June 2019 when she noticed a box of Starbucks-branded “pride” t-shirts, NBC News reported.

Fresse proceeded to ask her manager if she would be required to wear one — which would violate her religious beliefs — and she was allegedly assured that she would not.

But several weeks later, Fresse was contacted by Starbucks’ ethics and compliance department about not wanting to wear the shirt. She told the company official that doing so would compromise her religious beliefs. Then, on Aug. 22, 2019, the lawsuit alleges that Fresse was fired because “her comportment was not in compliance with Starbucks’ core values.”

More from NJ.com:

While court papers state that Fresse “holds no enmity toward individuals who ascribe to the LGBTQ lifestyle and/or make up the LGBTQ community, (she) believes that being made to wear a Pride T-shirt as a condition of employment would be tantamount to forced speech and inaccurately show her advocacy of a lifestyle in direct contradiction to her religious beliefs.” Those beliefs, according to the lawsuit, include the idea “that marriage is defined in the Bible as between one man and one woman only, and that any sexual activity which takes place outside of this context is contrary to her understanding of Biblical teaching.”

Fresse has also filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. The government agency, however, said in August that it could not determine whether Starbucks wrongly terminated Fresse by engaging in religious discrimination, according to NJ.com.

Fresse is seeking back pay with interest, compensation for emotional suffering, punitive damages, and payment of her attorney fees.

What did Starbucks say?

In a statement provided to the New York Post, a representative for the coffee chain said they are prepared to fight Fresse’s claims in court, denying that she was required to wear the “pride” shirt.

“We are very aware of the claims by Mrs. Fresse, which are without merit and we are fully prepared to present our case in court,” the spokesperson said. “Specific to our dress code, other than our green apron, no part of our dress code requires partners to wear any approved items that they have not personally selected.”

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Los Angeles enacts new lockdown, report says county spent millions of CARES Act funds on PR firms

Los Angeles County officials announced Friday a new lockdown that bans most public and private gatherings amid a global surge of coronavirus cases.

Reacting to the new stay-at-home order, KTTV-TV reporter Bill Melugin reminded area residents that LA officials used some of the money they received from the CARES Act, which was meant to help struggling businesses and residents, on “remarkably ineffective PR firms.”

“A reminder that L.A. County is using some of the federal CARES Act money it receives, money that should be going to restaurants @lapublichealth just closed, to instead pay for portions of their remarkably ineffective PR firms, now costing $2.9 million,” Melugin said.

What about the lockdown?

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that, beginning Monday Nov. 30, all public and private gatherings will be prohibited through Dec. 20. Only members of the same household will be permitted to gather together during the lockdown, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“Residents are advised to stay home as much as possible and always wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are outside their household and around others,” the health department said.

Protests and religious activities are exempt from the order.

More from the LA Times:

[The lockdown order] imposes new occupancy limits on businesses, such as personal care and retail, but does not close them. Beaches, trails and parks will remain open, but gatherings of people from more than one household at those sites are banned.

The announcement came just two days after restaurants in much of L.A. County were ordered to suspend outdoor dining. That decision sparked a backlash from restaurant owners and some elected officials, who called the rules too punishing for the already struggling industry.

What about CARES Act spending?

According to KTTV, Los Angeles County recently extended agreements with two PR firms — Mercury Public Affairs and Fraser Communications — for “emergency COVID-19 communications assistance.”

Part of the job the PR firms have been tasked with is “recruiting celebrity influencers” to promote COVID news on social media.

More from KTTV:

The County is now paying both firms a total of $2.9 million, a 650% increase from when the contracts were first signed seven months ago, and according to Fraser’s contract, L.A. County is using federal CARES Act money to offset the cost of the contract through the end of 2020. County funds will pay for it through 2021.

Los Angeles County entered into business with the PR firms “despite the fact that the county has a fully staffed county communications team,” KTTV noted.

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NYC pub takes defiant stand against Gov. Cuomo, declares itself ‘autonomous zone’ from lockdown restrictions

A Staten Island restaurant has declared itself an “autonomous zone” that is free from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s business-killing coronavirus restrictions.

Beginning Nov. 20, Mac’s Public House, owned by Danny Presti and Keith McAlarney, said they would not abide by restrictions enacted by Cuomo or New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Their defiant stance came just days before new restrictions hit the area where Mac’s is located, which includes a ban on indoor dining at bars and restaurants, according to the New York Post.

The declaration that Mac’s is now an “autonomous zone” pays homage to the “Capital Hill Autonomous Zone,” which far-left radicals established in Seattle in June.

A sign outside Mac’s now reads:

!ATTENTION! We hereby declare this establishment an !!!AUTONOMOUS ZONE!!! We refuse to abide by any rules and regulations put forth by the Mayor of NYC and Governor of NY State.

For their defiance, Mac’s has been “slapped with thousands of dollars in fines, a shut-down order from the state Health Department and the Friday revocation of its liquor license by the State Liquor Authority,” according to the Post.

But those consequences have not deterred Mac’s owners.

In a YouTube video, Presti explained the sheriff’s department is issuing his restaurant $1,000 fines, but said, “at this point, we’re OK with it, because we’re not paying it.”

To circumvent their business licenses being revoked, Presti said they are allowing patrons to eat and drink for free — while asking them for donations to stay afloat.

Meanwhile, McAlarney challenged Cuomo and “De Bozo” — a reference to de Blasio — to personally come to Mac’s to revoke their licenses.

“We’re not backing down. You think you scared me by…saying I don’t have a license now to serve liquor now? Well guess what? That liquor license is on the wall. If that liquor license is gonna come off the wall, it’s gonna be done by Cuomo. You wanna come down here and pull that license off the wall?” McAlarney said.

He continued, “Or De Bozo, you want to come down here and pull the license off the wall? Feel free to end up comin’ down, and we’ll end up having a conversation before you even think about stepping foot on my property. I will not back down.”


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However, keeping the restaurant’s doors opened does not mean Presti and McAlarney are being unwise. In fact, they are taking significant COVID-related precautions.

“We will still wear masks, take the same safety precautions we’ve had in place, maintain daily cleanings and work in a responsible manner to the best of our abilities,” the owners told the Staten Island Advance.

But, Presti explained, “What we will not be doing is living in fear. By fear, we mean the constant threat of our local city and state governments sending agencies in to check up, fine and threaten to shut us down. Every day small businesses are living in fear, not just of this virus, but that our governments will take our livelihoods away, even as we’re being safe.”

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Report: Trump considers launching 2024 campaign during Joe Biden’s inauguration

President Donald Trump is reportedly already considering his options for the 2024 presidential contest, and is actively discussing the specifics of re-launching his campaign with his closest confidants.

According to the Daily Beast, Trump has even floated the possibility of launching his challenge against Biden on Inauguration Day.

From the Daily Beast:

The conversations have explored, among other things, how Trump could best time his announcement so as to keep the Republican Party behind him for the next four years. Two of these knowledgeable sources said the president has, in the past two weeks, even floated the idea of doing a 2024-related event during Biden’s inauguration week, possibly on Inauguration Day.

The president and some of his closest associates have already started surveying prominent donors to get a sense of who would be with him, or perhaps against him, if he chose to run in the 2024 election. Some top Trump allies have told The Daily Beast that they are doing what they can to stay in the president’s good graces, calculating that doing so will help ensure a seat at the table and a future in the party—in the event he runs again.

According to the outlet, Trump is confident that he would remain in the spotlight during a Biden presidency because of the media’s affinity for covering him.

What’s the background?

During a meeting in the Oval Office earlier this month, Trump told Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien that he planned to run for president again in 2024 if his legal challenges contesting the 2020 results did not overturn Biden’s win, according to Bloomberg.

“If you do that — and I think I speak for everybody in the room — we’re with you 100 percent,” O’Brien reportedly told Trump.

Polls, in fact, indicate that a majority of Republican voters would back Trump if he chooses to run for president again in 2024.

One survey from Seven Letter Insight found that 66% of Republican voters support Trump running again. Another survey, from Morning Consult-Politico, found that 54% of Republicans would support Trump in the 2024 Republican primary contest.

However, there will likely be another large group of Republicans vying for the nomination in 2024 as there was in 2016. Some top contenders, aside from Trump, include: Nikki Haley, Pence, Pompeo, Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, among others.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects GOP challenge after judge said it had ‘likelihood to succeed’

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down a lawsuit late Saturday that challenged the legality of a new state law that allowed voters to obtain an absentee ballot for any reason.

What’s the background?

As TheBlaze reported, Commonwealth Judge Patricia McCullough issued an injunction last Wednesday after Republicans made an emergency request to stop the certification of Pennsylvania’s election results.

The central claim of the lawsuit was that Act 77, a law passed in Oct. 2019, violated the state constitution by allowing voters to obtain absentee ballots for any reason. The state constitution, on the other hand, specifies only a limited number of reasons for which an absentee ballot may be cast.

McCullough later issued an opinion on Friday explaining that the petitioners would likely win on the merits of their case.

Petitioners appear to have established a likelihood to succeed on the merits because Petitioners have asserted the Constitution does not provide a mechanism for the legislature to allow for expansion of absentee voting without a constitutional amendment. Petitioners appear to have a viable claim that the mail-in ballot procedures set forth in Act 77 contravene Pa. Const. Article VII Section 14 as the plain language of that constitutional provision is at odds with the mail-in provisions of Act 77. Since this presents an issue of law which has already been thoroughly briefed by the parties, this Court can state that Petitioners have a likelihood of success on the merits of its Pennsylvania Constitutional claim.

What did the state Supreme Court say?

The Pennsylvania high court — which is controlled by a 5-2 Democratic majority — unanimously dismissed the lawsuit, ruling the challenge came too late for a reasonable legal remedy.

The lawsuit had asked for the absentee ballots cast as a result of Act 77 to be invalidated.

“Upon consideration of the parties’ filings in Commonwealth Court, we hereby dismiss the petition for review with prejudice based upon Petitioners’ failure to file their facial constitutional challenge in a timely manner,” the Pennsylvania Supreme Court wrote in a three-page opinion.

In fact, the court said the lawsuit violated the “doctrine of laches” because of the petitioners’ “complete failure to act with due diligence in commencing their facial constitutional challenge, which was ascertainable upon Act 77’s enactment.”

The court explained:

The want of due diligence demonstrated in this matter is unmistakable. Petitioners
filed this facial challenge to the mail-in voting statutory provisions more than one year
after the enactment of Act 77. At the time this action was filed on November 21, 2020,
millions of Pennsylvania voters had already expressed their will in both the June 2020
Primary Election and the November 2020 General Election and the final ballots in the
2020 General Election were being tallied, with the results becoming seemingly apparent.
Nevertheless, Petitioners waited to commence this litigation until days before the county
boards of election were required to certify the election results to the Secretary of the
Commonwealth. Thus, it is beyond cavil that Petitioners failed to act with due diligence
in presenting the instant claim. Equally clear is the substantial prejudice arising from
Petitioners’ failure to institute promptly a facial challenge to the mail-in voting statutory
scheme, as such inaction would result in the disenfranchisement of millions of
Pennsylvania voters.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Thomas Saylor and Justice Sallie Mundy filed a concurring and dissenting opinion suggesting that the constitutional merits of the case — that Act 77 may violate the state constitution — could be considered by a lower court at a different time. They agreed, though, that the current petitioners acted far too late.

Saylor and Mundy are the court’s two Republican justices.

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Christmas canceled? Dr. Fauci says COVID surge means Christmas won’t be ‘any different’ than Thanksgiving

First it was Thanksgiving, now it’s Christmas.

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, if the trajectory of coronavirus cases continues to surge, then Americans should skip their Christmas celebrations this year.

What is Fauci saying?

“If the surge takes a turn of continuing to go up and you have the sustained greater than 100,000 infections a day and 1,300 deaths per day and the count keeps going up and up … I don’t see it being any different during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays than during Thanksgiving,” Fauci told USA Today.

In fact, Fauci said his family has already scrapped their Christmas plans.

“For my own family, I’m saying we had a really great Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. We’re looking forward to a really great Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2021,” he said.

“Let’s now make the best of the situation and show our love and affection for people by keeping them safe,” Fauci added.

What about a vaccine?

The potential cancelation of Christmas comes despite the fact that a COVID-19 vaccine will likely begin initial distribution within weeks. Pfizer, whose vaccine is reportedly up to 95% effective, says it can have tens of millions of vaccine doses ready by December.

Pfizer applied for emergency approval with the FDA last week.

Ahead of Thanksgiving, states run by Democratic governors began issuing new COVID-related restrictions that essentially prevented traditional family gatherings on Thanksgiving.

However, law enforcement in states like New York and California bucked the restrictions, saying they would not enforce the new orders on Thanksgiving.

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NY Times taken to woodshed for claiming Iran’s nuclear program is ‘peaceful’: ‘Is this an Iranian paper?’

The New York Times was summarily blasted on Saturday after the newspaper presented Iran’s nuclear program in a positive light. The Times’ posturing came after the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the Islamic country’s top nuclear scientist.

What did the Times say?

The Times claimed that the nuclear ambitions of Iran — a state-sponsor of terrorism, according to the State Department — are for “peaceful purposes.”

“Iranian officials, who have always maintained that their nuclear ambitions are for peaceful purposes, not weapons, expressed fury and vowed revenge over the assassination, calling it an act of terrorism and warmongering,” the newspaper tweeted.

What was the response?

In response, the New York Times, the so-called “paper of record,” was accused of disseminating “foreign propaganda garbage.”

  • “Is this an Iranian paper?” conservative commentator Lisa Boothe said.
  • “What was once the self-styled newspaper of record is now just a well-funded left-wing blog, relentlessly hostile to America and Israel, and always ready to propagandize for their enemies,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said.
  • “NYT, once again, ignores U.S. intelligence agencies’ warnings and props up a murderous, gay killing Regime.
    Their tweet should have a warning label of pushing misinformation, @Twitter,” Richard Grenell
    responded.
  • “The New York Times is pure foreign propaganda garbage,” Republican operative Arthur Schwartz said.
  • “Two weeks ago, the IAEA declared Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile was over 12 times the legal limit. Also, you don’t build nuclear facilities deep under mountains with 90 degree entrances meant to defeat cruise missiles when they’re for peaceful purposes,” GOP operative Alex Plitsas said.
  • “Wow. The press has truly become an anti- American propaganda tool. Not even worth using for toilet paper,” another person said.
  • “Lmao. Much like the peaceful protests, this is just peaceful nuclear bomb research,” another person mocked.

Anything else?

Notably, two top officials from the Obama administration were angered by Fakhrizadeh sudden death.

Former CIA Director John Brennan called the operation to kill Fakhrizadeh “criminal” and “highly reckless.”

“This was a criminal act & highly reckless. It risks lethal retaliation & a new round of regional conflict. Iranian leaders would be wise to wait for the return of responsible American leadership on the global stage & to resist the urge to respond against perceived culprits,” he said.

Brennan added, “I do not know whether a foreign government authorized or carried out the the murder of Fakhrizadeh. Such an act of state-sponsored terrorism would be a flagrant violation of international law & encourage more governments to carry out lethal attacks against foreign officials.”

Meanwhile, Ben Rhodes, a top Obama aide who helped craft the Iran nuclear deal, claimed Fakhrizadeh’s death was meant to undermine Joe Biden’s administration.

“This is an outrageous action aimed at undermining diplomacy between an incoming US administration and Iran. It’s time for this ceaseless escalation to stop,” Rhodes said.

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Pennsylvania judge rules GOP lawsuit challenging new absentee ballot law has ‘likelihood to succeed’

The Pennsylvania judge who temporarily halted the certification of election results in the Keystone State issued an opinion Friday explaining that the Republican plaintiffs in her case will likely win on the merits of their lawsuit.

What’s the background?

As TheBlaze reported, Commonwealth Judge Patricia McCullough issued an injunction Wednesday after Republican lawmakers made an emergency request to stop certification of the state’s election results over concerns about Act 77, a new law that allowed Pennsylvania voters to obtain an absentee ballot for the election for any reason.

From Sinclair Broadcasting Group:

The plaintiffs argue Act 77, which was signed into law in October 2019, wrongfully overrides the stipulations for absentee balloting established by the state’s constitution. The Pennsylvania Constitution states absentee ballots can be cast by those who cannot go to polling locations due to a work obligation, sickness, religious holiday, or “election day duties.”

As a result, the suit asks the court to prevent the certification of election tallies that include mail-in ballots resulting from the expanded rules of Act 77, and further moves to have the Pennsylvania General Assembly assign the state’s electors.

What is the judge saying now?

McCullough explained in a 13-page opinion that the plaintiffs are likely to succeed in their lawsuit because Act 77 appears to violate the Pennsylvania state constitution.

“Petitioners appear to have established a likelihood to succeed on the merits because Petitioners have asserted the Constitution does not provide a mechanism for the legislature to allow for expansion of absentee voting without a constitutional amendment,” McCullough wrote.

“Petitioners appear to have a viable claim that the mail-in ballot procedures set forth in Act 77 contravene Pa. Const. Article VII Section 14 as the plain language of that constitutional provision is at odds with the mail-in provisions of Act 77,” she continued.

“Since this presents an issue of law which has already been thoroughly briefed by the parties, this Court can state that Petitioners have a likelihood of success on the merits of its Pennsylvania Constitutional claim,” McCullough said.

Anything else?

According to WESA-FM, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar have appealed to the state Supreme Court to intervene. Democrats currently hold a 5-2 majority on the Pennsylvania high court.

Meanwhile, Ed Morrissey noted at Hot Air that the “laches” doctrine could apply in this case, thereby hurting the plaintiffs’ argument, because they did not raise objections before or after Pennsylvania’s June 2 primary, which used the same absentee system as the general.

“Having raised no objection before the election, the plaintiffs have participated in the alleged violation, which would impact their standing to demand relief,” Morrissey explained.

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US women’s soccer team wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ uniforms, protest national anthem in Europe

After not playing for nearly nine months, the United States women’s soccer team protested the national anthem and made a social justice statement with “Black Lives Matter” uniforms prior to a game on Friday.

Ahead of their game with the Netherlands’ national team, the American women walked out of the locker room wearing jackets emblazoned with “Black Lives Matter.” During the playing of the American national anthem, nearly every member of the team knelt, according to ESPN, a sign of protest against America.

“We wear Black Lives Matter to affirm human decency. This is not political, it’s a statement on human rights,” the USWNT Twitter account said, along with a video showing the Black Lives Matter uniform jacket.

In a statement, the team said they “love our country” and called it “a true honor to represent America,” but explained that supporting Black Lives Matter is an affirmation of “human decency.”

The statement said:

We love our country, and it is a true honor to represent America. It is also our duty to demand that the liberties and freedoms that our country was founded on extend to everyone.

Today, we wear Black Lives Matter to affirm human decency. We protest against racial injustice and police brutality against Black people. We protest against the racist infrastructures that do not provide equal opportunity for Black and brown people to fulfill their dreams, including playing on this team. As the United States Women’s National team players, we collectively work toward a society where the American ideals are upheld, and Black lives are no longer systematically targeted.

Black Lives Matter.

Friday’s game, the first in 261 days, was also the team’s first game since racial unrest gripped the U.S. in the early summer following George Floyd’s tragic death.

The U.S. men’s soccer team also wore social justice messages on their pregame jersey’s earlier this month, in their first outing since Floyd’s death. The team wore anthem jackets with the words “Be the Change” emblazoned on the front with differing messages on the back, including, “Black Lives Matter,” “Be Anti-Racist,” and “Unity,” according to ESPN.

The women’s soccer team won Friday’s game by a score of 2-0.

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Whole Foods CEO blasts socialism, explains how universities corrupt young people: ‘Trickle-up poverty’

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey blasted socialism during a recent interview, explaining such economic policies cause increased poverty.

During a discussion hosted by the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday, Mackey did not mince words — he said socialism is the “path of poverty.”

“They talk about ‘trickle-down wealth,’ but socialism is trickle-up poverty,” Mackey explained. “It just impoverishes everything.”

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Mackey explained that capitalism, on the other hand, is the “greatest thing humanity has ever created,” and blamed intellectuals in universities for corrupting young people into thinking that capitalism is bad.

“Capitalism is the greatest thing humanity’s ever done. We’ve told a bad narrative, and we’ve let the enemies of business and the enemies of capitalism put out a narrative about us that’s wrong, it’s inaccurate — and it’s doing tremendous damage to the minds of young people,” Mackey said.

“The Marxists and socialists, the academic community is generally hostile to business. It always has been. This is not new,” he explained.

Socialism is favored by far-left progressive politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Mackey went on to explain that not all progressivism is bad, but that socialism must be abandoned.

“We have to recognize that some of the progressive insights are important and they shouldn’t go away, but we can’t throw out capitalism and replace it with socialism, that will be a disaster,” Mackey said, Just The News reported.

“Socialism has been tried 42 times in the last 100 years, and 42 failures, it doesn’t work, it’s the wrong way. We have to keep capitalism, I would argue, we need conscious capitalism,” he continued.

According to Mackey, capitalism and business innovation overall is responsible for increased living conditions worldwide, has increased global literacy rates, and is even responsible for increasing life expectancy.

Business, therefore, should be evaluated “in terms of its value-creation,” Mackey said.

“For its customers, and all the jobs that it creates for its employees and the residual or tangential effects that happen when it trades with suppliers, who also trade for voluntary reasons — they’re benefitting and they’re prospering as a result,” the businessman explained.

Whole Foods, which was bought by Amazon in 2017, employs about 100,000 people, Mackey said.


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What I am thankful for this year: The gift of marriage

Last Thanksgiving, I wrote about the certainty of hope. Never could I have imagined how relevant that message would be the following year. In 2020, we have experienced a pandemic, witnessed violent riots in the streets, and plowed through perhaps the most divisive political election in American history.

In light of COVID-19, lockdowns, and tribalistic divisions, it may become easy for our eternal perspective to become obscured and skewed toward nihilism. I am a Christian, after all, and so I place my hope in the coming restoration of creation, inaugurated by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God become human.

But this year I want to briefly write about what I am chiefly thankful for in our unpredictable year: marriage.

In July, I committed myself in covenant marriage to my wife, Savannah, a gentle and kind woman who has an enormous capacity for love, grace, empathy, mercy, and compassion.

What I quickly learned about marriage — and what I imagine most newly married people learn — is that I am way more selfish than I ever thought. In fact, prior to promising my life to another human, I did not have the ability to comprehend the extent of my self-centeredness.

Many people find such self-revelation deeply troubling or scandalous. But there is something profoundly beautiful about the forging fire of marriage. The marriage covenant is where we are fully known, yet fully loved; the place where we can be fully ourselves, without posturing, knowing our spouse has committed to us the same investment.

When two self-centered people come together before God in total commitment to one another, out the other end they come reflecting the beauty and love of the God who created them. For Christians, marriage is the great incubator for sanctification. It’s the privilege of walking alongside someone for the rest of their life, witnessing, and perhaps even having a hand, in that person’s transformation.

This year was difficult for most everyone. But in my corner of the world, I have been able to experience but a small taste of the gloriousness of marriage, and what it means to be truly selfless and loving. There is much more work to be done — but this is a gift for which I will always be thankful.

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Democratic congressman wants Rudy Giuliani, other Trump lawyers disbarred for post-election work

New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell has filled paperwork requesting the disbarment of attorneys working on behalf of President Donald Trump’s campaign, citing “attempts to overturn the election and demolish democracy.”

What are the details?

Pascrell wrote the legal disciplinary authorities in five states — Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, and New York — last week requesting the “severest sanction” against Rudy Giuliani and 22 other Trump attorneys: “revocation of their law licensures.”

Speaking about Giuliani specifically, Pascrell claimed the former New York City mayor has violated rules governing the professional conduct of lawyers by participating in “frivolous lawsuits,” using the court system to “assault public confidence in the United States electoral system,” and engaging “in conduct involving dishonest, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.”

“The egregious pattern of behavior by Mr. Giuliani to effectuate Mr. Trump’s sinister arson is a danger not just to our legal system but is also unprecedented in our national life. In carrying out that perversion, Mr. Giuliani has clearly violated the New York Rules of Professional Conduct he swore to uphold and should face the severest sanction your body can mete out: revocation of his law licensure,” Pascrell said.

Similar claims of professional attorney misconduct were made against the other Trump lawyers.

What’s the background?

Trump’s legal team have made numerous allegations of wide-scale voter fraud. However, they have not backed their allegations with concrete evidence in court.

Their failure to substantiate their allegations publicly has earned scorn from Republican lawmakers, Fox News host Tucker Carlson, and even staunch allies of Trump, like former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who called Trump’s legal team a “national embarrassment.”

One of the Trump legal team’s latest losses came in Pennsylvania over the weekend, when a federal judge denied their request to invalidate millions of votes. Doing so would have amounted to violating the Constitution, the judge said.

Anything else?

As TheBlaze reported, Pascrell has also said Trump and his “enablers” should be “tried for their crimes against our nation and Constitution.”

“Donald Trump and members of his administration have committed innumerable crimes against the United States,” Pascrell said, claiming the Trump administration has “engaged in treachery, in treason.”

“Therefore, in 2021 the entire Trump administration must be fully investigated by the Department of Justice and any other relevant offices,” Pascrell said.

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Waffle House CEO unloads on lockdowns and politicians who implement them: ‘Not paying the same price’

Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer did not mince words last week when he denounced coronavirus-related lockdowns and the leaders who implement the business-killing restrictions.

Speaking with Business Insider, Ehmer explained that he opposes lockdowns because of the severe impact they have on American workers.

“A lockdown is going to put a lot of people out of work,” Ehmer said. “It’s really not about the business — it’s about the people. These people have jobs, they have livelihoods, they need to take care of their families.”

Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer. (Jason Davis/Getty Images)

In fact, Ehmer pointed out that leaders who implement lockdowns, putting Americans out of work and creating more economic instability for those who are already not affluent, never have to feel the impact of their decisions.

“None of the people who make the decisions to shut down businesses and impact people’s livelihoods ever have their own livelihood impacted,” he said. “The people making the decisions are not paying the same price that the workers in this country are paying.”

How has Waffle House fared?

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly impacted every segment of society; every person and business has been affected in some way. But Waffle House, the breakfast food restaurant chain spread across the eastern U.S., appears to have fared better than most.

Ehmer told Business Insider that there has not been a single documented case of COVID-19 spreading inside any Waffle House location.

“While the virus is surging in terms of number of cases, we haven’t felt a tremendous impact to the business at this point,” Ehmer explained.

In fact, fewer than two dozen Waffle Houses are currently closed due to the pandemic, and Ehmer said those restaurants are only closed because of government mandates. “The only reason we think that we would shut a dining room down at this point is if the local government made us do so,” he said.

Unfortunately, however, the National Restaurant Association said in September that 100,000 American restaurants have shuttered their doors since the pandemic began. The organization also estimated that restaurants will have lost nearly one-quarter trillion dollars in revenue by year’s end.

What about stimulus?

Politicians believe that additional economic stimulus will help businesses fare the the economic rollercoaster of the pandemic.

But Ehmer warned that government stimulus is only a band-aid.

“The stimulus helped a lot of restaurants and more importantly a lot of people early on. But, what you can’t value enough is someone’s peace of mind and security that they have a job that they can count on,” Ehmer said. “Governments can’t replace all of the salaries in the economy that you want to shut down. We’ve got to find safe ways to move forward.”

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Sidney Powell responds after Trump campaign says she is not part of legal team: ‘#KrakenOnSteroids’

Sidney Powell, the headline-grabbing attorney who was seemingly part of President Donald Trump’s legal team, responded late Sunday to the Trump campaign’s statement that she was, in fact, never a member of the campaign’s legal team.

What’s the background?

In a shock move late Sunday, Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis and Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani released a statement that said:

Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own. She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity.

The announcement was, of course, surprising given that Powell appeared at a press conference last week with Trump’s legal team during which she claimed widespread voter fraud had occurred through voting software. Powell was even identified on TV as a member of Trump’s legal team.

Even Trump himself referred to Powell as a member of his legal team just nine days ago.

What did Powell say?

In an initial statement provided to CBS News, Powell said she was aware of the Trump team’s statement and continued to claim that Trump had votes “stolen” in the election.

“I understand today’s press release. I will continue to represent #WeThePeople who had their votes for Trump and other Republicans stolen by massive fraud through Dominion and Smartmatic, and we will be filing suit soon. The chips will fall where they may, and we will defend the foundations of this great Republic. #KrakenOnSteroids,” she said.

In a second, more lengthy statement, Powell said she “agreed” that she is not a member of Trump’s legal team:

I agree with the campaign’s statement that I am not part of the campaign’s legal team. I never signed a retainer agreement or sent the President or the campaign a bill for my expenses or fees. My intent has always been to expose all the fraud I could find and let the chips fall where they may–whether it be upon Republicans or Democrats.

The evidence I’m compiling is overwhelming that this software tool was used to shift millions of votes from President Trump and other Republican candidates to Biden and other Democrat candidates. We are proceeding to prepare our lawsuit and plan to file it this week. It will be epic. We will not allow this great Republic to be stolen by communists from without and within or our votes altered or manipulated by foreign actors.

Confusion over Powell’s status, and the Trump campaign’s clear attempt to distance themselves from Powell, came after Republican lawmakers and Fox News host Tucker Carlson exerted pressure on Trump’s legal team to prove their voter fraud allegations.

On Sunday, even former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a staunch Trump ally, called Trump’s legal team and their unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud a “national embarrassment.”

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Chris Christie slams Trump’s legal team, says they’re a ‘national embarrassment’: ‘Outrageous conduct’

Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who has been a loyal ally to President Donald Trump, eviscerated the president’s legal team on Sunday, telling ABC “This Week” that Trump’s lawyers are a “national embarrassment.”

Christie’s comments came after the Trump campaign lost another lawsuit in federal court late Saturday in which they asked that millions of Pennsylvania votes be invalidated. U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew Brann rejected the request, saying, “It is not in the power of this Court to violate the Constitution.”

What did Christie say?

When show host George Stephanopoulos asked Christie whether it is “finally time for this to end,” noting Trump’s legal team has lost 34 court cases, Christie responded in the affirmative.

“Yes, and here’s the reason why. The president has had an opportunity to access the courts… if you’ve got the evidence of fraud, present it,” Christie said.

“What’s happened here is, quite frankly, the content that the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment. Sidney Powell accusing Gov Brian Kemp of a crime on television, yet being unwilling to go on TV and defend and lay out the evidence that she supposedly has,” Christie added.

The former Republican governor went on to explain that Trump’s lawyers only make accusations of voter fraud outside the courtroom, where it doesn’t actually matter.

“This is outrageous conduct by any lawyer,” Christie said. “And notice, George, they won’t do it inside the courtroom. They allege fraud outside the courtroom, but when they go inside the courtroom, they don’t plead fraud and they don’t argue fraud.”

Christie continued:

Listen, I’ve been a supporter of the president’s. I voted for him twice. But elections have consequences, and we cannot continue to act as if something happened here that didn’t happen. You have an obligation to present the evidence. The evidence has not been presented. And you must conclude, as Tucker Carlson even concluded the other night, that if you’re unwilling to come forward and present the evidence, it must mean the evidence doesn’t exist. That’s what I was concerned about starting on election night, and I remain concerned today. I think it’s wrong. I think what you’ve heard lots of Republicans starting to say this; I said it on election night; and I hope more say it going forward. Because the country is what has to matter the most. As much as I’m a strong Republican and I love my party, it’s the country that has to come first.

What are other Republicans saying?

As TheBlaze reported, patience is wearing thin among top Republican lawmakers.

On Friday, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the number three House Republican and House Republican Conference chairwoman, called on Trump’s legal team to present “genuine evidence” of their voter fraud allegations “immediately.”

“If the president cannot prove these claims or demonstrate that they would change the election result, he should fulfill his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States by respecting the sanctity of our electoral process,” Cheney said.

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Liberal law prof calls out Michigan Dem AG for ‘abusive use of criminal code’ over vote certification drama

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, is reportedly exploring a criminal investigation or criminal charges against Michigan officials who might try to block the certification of Michigan’s election results at the alleged behest of President Donald Trump.

The development comes after two Wayne County Republicans moved to rescind their votes to certify their county’s election results.

Also last week, four Michigan lawmakers, all Republicans, personally met with Trump at the White House. However, after that meeting, the lawmakers said in a statement that they would “follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors.”

What are the details?

According to the Washington Post:

Michigan’s attorney general is exploring whether officials there risk committing crimes if they bend to President Trump’s wishes in seeking to block the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in their state, according to two people familiar with the review.

The attorney general is conferring with election law experts on whether officials may have violated any state laws prohibiting them from engaging in bribery, perjury and conspiracy, according to people familiar with the deliberations who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.

In response to the controversy over Wayne County and Trump’s meeting with Michigan lawmakers, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said Trump is trying to “steal the election.”

“The president can say all he wants. He can summon people to the White House all he wants. He can try to interfere… but the fact of the matter is Joe Biden won this state and won big,” Whitmer told CNN last week.

“The will of the people will be done, and these efforts to disenfranchise Wayne County, where a majority of our African American voters live, is a blatant attempt to steal the election result and disenfranchise Michigan voters — and it will not stand,” she added.

Biden legal adviser Bob Bauer similarly denounced the meeting, according to the Post.

“It’s an abuse of office,” Bauer said. “It’s an open attempt to intimidate election officials. It’s absolutely appalling.”

What was the reaction?

Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School and self-described “liberal,” responded to the report by accusing Nessel of “abusive use of the criminal code.”

“Michigan AG Nessel and others are suggesting that Republicans who oppose certification or even meet with President Trump on the issue could be criminally investigated or charged. Once again, the media is silent on this abusive use of the criminal code,” Turley said.

He added, “Imagine if this was AG Barr threatening Democratic legislators with criminal investigation for challenging Trump votes. The media would be apoplectic. Yet, when used against Republicans, there is a celebration for the use of the criminal code for politically motivated threats.”

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Viral video shows New York business owners take defiant stand when health inspector barges inside: ‘Go get a warrant’

Business owners in Buffalo-area took a defiant stand against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus-related restrictions on Friday, telling a local health inspector and sheriffs deputies, who showed up to enforce Cuomo’s arbitrary restrictions, to immediately leave their property because they did not have a warrant to be there.

What happened?

Robby Dinero, owner of Athletes Unleashed in Orchard Park, gathered dozens of area business owners at his gym on Friday night to discuss Cuomo’s latest business-killing restrictions, according to WGRZ-TV. Their goal was to plan how to survive the newest restrictions.

But, about 20 minutes into the meeting, members from the Erie County Department of Health and deputies from the Erie County Sheriff’s Department barged into the meeting, telling those gathered that they were violating Cuomo’s restrictions that prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people.

What happened next was caught on video and is going viral.

One of the people at the gatherings told the health department official to have compassion on area businesses and went she said that she does, another business owner told the official, “OK, well you need to go have compassion out in the parking lot.”

“This is private property. This is private property. This is private property,” the man told the health department official. The man then told the sheriff deputies to “do your jobs.”

“Your job is to remove people who are not wanted here,” the man said. One of the deputies responded by lecturing the business owners for not wearing face masks.

Another man then said, “You guys need to leave because right now, you’re trespassing without a warrant. You need to leave.” Others repeated, “Go get a warrant.”

After more back-and-forth, the business owners continued to tell the health department official and sheriff deputies that they needed to leave because they were trespassing on private property.

“You don’t get to violate the Constitution,” one of the business owners said. “You don’t circumvent or subvert the Constitution.”

The video ends as the business owners shout in unison, “Get out!” The deputies and health department worker are then driven out of the gym.

What was the response?

In an interview with the Buffalo News, Tim Walton, who attended Friday night’s event, said the business owners are not doubting the existence of COVID-19, but rather the arbitrary nature of Cuomo’s restrictions.

Meanwhile, Health Department spokeswoman Kara Kane told the Buffalo News, “We are gathering information and will have more to share in our press conference on Monday.”

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Georgia will conduct another presidential vote recount despite already officially certifying results

Georgia will conduct another recount of its presidential election results after a request from President Donald Trump’s campaign, Axios reported.

The development comes despite the fact that Georgia has already certified its election results, which happened after Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) conducted an entire hand recount of the state’s presidential election results.

The hand recount affirmed Georgia’s results and Joe Biden’s victory in the Peace State. The Associated Press reported, “No individual county showed a variation in margin larger than 0.73%, and the variation in margin in 103 of the state’s 159 counties was less than 0.05%, a memo released with the results says.”

Following the hand recount, Gov. Brian Kemp (R) certified the election results late Friday.

Why a recount now?

Despite the certification, Georgia officials said Trump’s campaign could request another recount because the final margin between Trump and Biden was less than 0.5%.

On Saturday, the Trump campaign hand-delivered a letter to the state secretary of state’s office asking for another recount, the AP reported.

“Today, the Trump campaign filed a petition for recount in Georgia. We are focused on ensuring that every aspect of Georgia State Law and the U.S. Constitution are followed so that every legal vote is counted. President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature matching and other vital safeguards,” Trump’s team said.

In response, Raffensperger asked his deputy to prepare county officials for the recount, emphasizing a transparent process.

“This will be highly scrutinized so emphasize to the counties the importance of transparency and accuracy of the process,” Raffensperger said.

More from the AP:

The recount will be done using scanners that read and tabulate the votes. County election workers have already done a complete hand recount of all the votes cast in the presidential race. But that stemmed from a mandatory audit requirement and isn’t considered an official recount under the law. State law requires that one race be audited by hand to ensure that the machines counted the ballots accurately, and Raffensperger selected the presidential race. Because of the tight margin in that race, a full hand count of ballots was necessary to complete the audit, he said.

Anything else?

With few exceptions, nearly every legal maneuver by Trump’s campaign to challenge the close election results have been dismissed by judges, tossed from court, or withdrawn by the campaign.

Trump’s campaign was dealt another loss late Saturday by U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew Brann, who rejected the Trump campaign’s request to invalidate millions of Pennsylvania votes and delay the certification of the state’s election results.

[T]hey ask the Court to violate the rights of over 6.8 million Americans,” Brann said. “It is not in the power of this Court to violate the Constitution.”

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Federal judge dismisses Trump lawsuit in Pennsylvania, blasts campaign in scathing opinion

A federal judge tossed out another lawsuit from the Trump campaign late Saturday, rebuking the campaign in a scathing opinion, and allowing the state to move forward with the certification of its election results.

In response, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.) congratulated Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris for winning the election.

What did the judge say?

The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit to invalidate millions of votes in Pennsylvania and block the certification of the state’s election results, which is set for Monday.

But granting the Trump campaign’s demands would have been tantamount to violating the Constitution, U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew Brann ruled.

“[T]hey ask the Court to violate the rights of over 6.8 million Americans,” Brann wrote in a 37-page opinion. “It is not in the power of this Court to violate the Constitution.”

In fact, Brann explained that Trump’s legal team did not come to court armed with evidence to prove why Pennsylvania votes should be invalidated.

“One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption,” Brann explained. “That has not happened.”

“Instead, this Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence,” Brann continued. “In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more.”

Brann, although he was appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2012, was a longtime Republican official, and was active both in the National Rifle Association and Federalist Society.

What did Toomey say?

Toomey recognized Biden and Harris as the election winners because he said Trump has exhausted his legal remedies in the Keystone State.

“With today’s decision by Judge Matthew Brann, a longtime conservative Republican whom I know to be a fair and unbiased jurist, to dismiss the Trump campaign’s lawsuit, President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania,” Toomey said in a statement.

“I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory,” Toomey added.

Toomey went on to say that he is “disappointed” that Trump lost, but urged the president to “accept the outcome of the election and facilitate the presidential transition process.”

How did Trump respond?

Trump’s campaign said they welcomed Brann’s decision because it expedites their plan to go to the Supreme Court.

“Today’s decision turns out to help us in our strategy to get expeditiously to the U.S. Supreme Court. Although we fully disagree with this opinion, we’re thankful to the Obama-appointed judge for making this anticipated decision quickly, rather than simply trying to run out the clock,” Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis said in a statement, according to Politico.

It should be noted that Brann dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning Trump’s team cannot file another lawsuit on the same grounds as the one he dismissed. That, however, does not stop the appeal process.

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Far-left San Francisco DA blasts Kyle Rittenhouse posting bail: ‘White shooter motivated by racial bias’

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, the far-left progressive who became the San Fran’s top prosecutor this year, argued against Kyle Rittenhouse’s cash bail by citing “strong evidence” of “racial bias.”

What’s the background?

As TheBlaze reported, Rittenhouse — the 17-year-old who made national headlines during the Kenosha riots for shooting and killing two people in what he claims was self-defense — posted $2 million bail on Friday.

Rittenhouse has been charged with two counts of murder. But even the criminal complaint against Rittenhouse reads like Rittenhouse acted in self-defense. There is, indeed, evidence, such as videos of the alleged crimes, that suggests Rittenhouse’s self-defense claims are valid.

If Rittenhouse is convicted of the charges against him, he faces a mandatory life sentence in prison.

What did Boudin say?

Boudin said Friday that Rittenhouse’s bail is yet more evidence of the “failings of money bail.” Boudin both injected race into his reaction, and spoke about Rittenhouse as if the teenager is guilty of the crimes alleged against him, despite the presumption of innocence.

“Anyone want to understand the failings of money bail?” Boudin said. “Look no further: strong evidence of a white shooter motivated by racial bias committing a double murder with an assault rifle. But wealth sets him free.”

It should be noted that both of the men whom Rittenhouse shot and killed were white.

Boudin, who once worked for the late Venezuelan socialist dictator Hugo Chavez, was elected as San Fransisco’s top prosecutor last year. His election was celebrated by progressive politicians and social justice activists. Even Sen. Kamala Harris, the media-declared vice president-elect, welcomed Boudin’s election.

Boudin — who is self-described socialist, according to Vice — has implemented numerous far-left reforms to San Francisco’s criminal justice system, including ending cash bail.

According to Boudin, cash bail is a “discriminatory and unsafe approach to pretrial detention.” Now, pretrial release in San Francisco is determined by “public safety, not on wealth,” Boudin said in January, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Boudin argued cash bail is essentially racist. From his office:

Money bail has disproportionately impacted our poorest communities as well as communities of color. In San Francisco, African-Americans pay over $120 per capita per year in non-refundable bail fees compared to $10 per capita per year for white individuals. Additionally, since 99% of people who post bail in San Francisco use private bail bond companies, there is an instant and dramatic transfer of wealth from low-income neighborhoods and communities of color to private industry; roughly $10-$15 million in non-refundable fees are paid annually to bail bond agencies.

The San Fransisco police union has not been fond of Boudin.

Reacting to his policy ending cash bail, union president Tony Montoya said, “Mr. Boudin is in the process of building the largest criminal justice revolving door imaginable, and San Franciscans will pay a heavy price for it.”

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Top Republican lawmakers challenge Trump to present ‘genuine evidence’ of voter fraud

Top Republican lawmakers are increasing pressure on President Donald Trump’s legal team to substantiate their voter fraud allegations.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the number three House Republican and House Republican Conference chairwoman, released a statement Friday calling on Trump’s lawyers to present “genuine evidence” to the American people that prove the wide-scale voter fraud they have alleged.

Cheney said in a statement, “America is governed by the rule of law. The president and his lawyers have made claims of criminality and widespread fraud, which they allege could impact election results. If they have genuine evidence of this, they are obligated to present it immediately in court and to the American people.”

“If the president cannot prove these claims or demonstrate that they would change the election result, he should fulfill his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States by respecting the sanctity of our electoral process,” she added.

Pressure from Republicans significantly increased after Thursday’s press conference by Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell during which the attorneys alleged “massive fraud” happened in the election, but did not offer evidence to back their claims.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a solid ally of Trump’s, called Powell’s allegations “offensive” and “outrageous.”

“To insinuate that Republican and Democratic candidates paid to throw off this election I think is absolutely outrageous, and I do take offense to that,” she said on Fox News radio.

Meanwhile, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) told Fox News that it’s time for Trump’s legal team to prove what they’re claiming.

“We’re to the point, though, where this is time not for politicians or for press conferences. That was during the election. This is a time for evidence in court,” he said, the Washington Examiner reported.

Other Republican lawmakers, like Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.), have been more explicit, saying the Trump legal team’s losses in the courts prove their allegations are false.

“I feel like we’re watching one of history’s great grifts based on what we saw from Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani yesterday,” Riggleman said on Friday, The Hill reported. “I mean, their court case record is worse, I think, than the 1989 Dallas Cowboys.”

“There are smart, smart people up there that are not coming out and not identifying this for what it is, and this is simply a conspiratorial grift,” Riggleman added. “I believe it’s a fundraising venture.”

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Immigrants ‘facing deportation’ explain they’re very excited about a Biden presidency

Illegal immigrants who live in Denver, Colorado, and are facing deportation explained recently why they’re hopeful about the prospect of Joe Biden being president.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, Denver County is a sanctuary county, meaning, the county does “not honor ICE detainer unless accompanied by a criminal warrant or some other form that gives legal authority to hold the individual.” The county implemented the policy in April 2014.

What did the immigrants say?

KCNC-TV spoke with several illegal immigrants who have found sanctuary in the Denver-area. According to the network, the immigrants they spoke to are “facing deportation.”

One illegal immigrant, who has lived “in sanctuary” for two years at the First Unitarian Church in Denver, told KCNC she hopes Biden changes the immigration system for the benefit all illegal immigrants.

“My hope is this new president create change in the immigration system,” Jeannette, who is facing deportation back to Mexico, said. “Yeah, my hope is it’s about time, not just for me but for more than 11 million people.”

Another immigrant, Ingrid, lives in sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist Church. She has reportedly been living in sanctuary the last four years over fears of being deported back to Peru. She told KCNC that Biden gives her hope of immigration reform in which she and other illegal immigrants no longer have to depend on sanctuary policies.

“Yes we have more hope with this president, Joe Biden. With this administration we tried but had a lot of doors closed,” she said.

What is Biden’s immigration policy?

The illegal immigrants who spoke with KCNC have good reason to be hopeful about a Biden presidency.

Biden’s immigration policy, as stated on his campaign website, is centered on reversing President Donald Trump’s. “Trump has waged an unrelenting assault on our values and our history as a nation of immigrants. It’s wrong, and it stops when Joe Biden is elected president,” Biden’s campaign website states.

In fact, within the first 100 days of his administration, Biden vows to “immediately reverse the Trump Administration’s cruel and senseless policies that separate parents from their children at our border” and “end Trump’s detrimental asylum policies,” among other initiatives.

Biden also plans to give illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

“Biden will immediately begin working with Congress to modernize our system, with a priority on keeping families together by providing a roadmap to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants,” Biden’s campaign website states.

“Biden will aggressively advocate for legislation that creates a clear roadmap to legal status and citizenship for unauthorized immigrants who register, are up-to-date on their taxes, and have passed a background check,” it adds.

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