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Atlanta schools opened for ‘Spider-Man’ filming but not for students

The cast and crew of a major film production is set to return to Atlanta, Georgia, classrooms before Atlanta students.

What are the details?

Despite students still being barred from returning to in-person classes, Atlanta Public Schools granted special permission to Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures to film “Spider-Man” at two local schools — Frederick Douglass High School and Henry W. Grady High School — in January and March, respectively, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The district delayed its plans to partially reopen schools for students last month and said that the soonest students may be able to return to classes is January, and that’s not even guaranteed. School buildings were closed and classes were moved fully online more than eight months ago in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

As a part of the pandemic response, the district had also stopped the use of its facilities for film production. But now that policy appears to be changing after the big-name moviemaking companies threw their weight around.

In order to secure the special permission, the production reportedly dangled $50,000 in extra incentives in front of the district. Ian Easterbrook, location manager for the film, described the request as “unique and very time-sensitive” and said that he had “exhausted our normal channels of communication” before reaching out to Superintendent Lisa Herring directly.

“I know that APS is currently not accepting filming applications due to the COVID pandemic, and I know that filming a new movie quickly falls to the bottom of the priority list,” he wrote in an email to the district obtained by the news outlet.

He reportedly added that use of the two schools is “vital to the success of this next film” because the location had already been established in the film’s forerunner, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which debuted in 2017.

What else?

The move to allow filming inside the schools before allowing in-person education to resume has upset some parents, according to the Washington Post.

“In person school is not only safe, it’s necessary for learning,” wrote one mother and teacher on Twitter. “Too bad kids don’t generate the millions a movie does, or they’d be back in front of their teacher in a classroom rather than a computer screen.”

A spokesman for the district, Seth Coleman, said that “Spider-Man” is the first film project to receive permission to use its schools for filming since the start of the pandemic. He noted that the request was approved because the schools were used before for the previous move in the series.

In addition to the $50,000 donation, the district will reportedly collect its customary filming fees of $750 a day for setup and tear-down and $2,500 a day for filming, as well as by-the-hour charges for any staff time.

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Former GOP Rep. David Valadao flips California House seat. It’s the third pickup in the state for Republicans.

Republican Rep. David Valadao has defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. TJ Cox in California’s 21st Congressional District, the Associated Press reported Friday afternoon.

Valadao, who represented the district for three terms starting in 2013, edged Cox in the tight race by nearly 1 percentage point, or just over 1,500 votes, to reclaim the seat he narrowly lost two years ago.

Valadao endorsed President Donald Trump ahead of this year’s election, something he opted not to do in 2016. Backing the president was considered a risky move due to the fact that Trump lost the district to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 15 points four years ago. Evidently this time around, it paid off.

On Wednesday, after the race had been called by Decision Desk HQ, the Republican candidate tweeted, “As vote counts come to a close, I am honored to receive the support of #CA21 voters and look forward to returning to Congress to represent the Central Valley. Thank you to those who have worked tirelessly to make the voice of the Valley heard this election!”

With Valadao’s victory, Republicans have picked up their 11th seat overall in the U.S. House.

Why does it matter?

Valadao’s victory in the central California district marks the third seat in this election cycle that Republicans have flipped, following victories by Congresswoman-elect Young Kim in the 39th District and Congresswoman-elect Michelle Steel in the 48th District.

Republicans flipping seats in the deep blue state is a rarity. In its coverage of the news, the Daily Wire noted that earlier this year, Rep. Mike Garcia (R-Calif.) won the House seat vacated by Democrat Katie Hill “to become the first Republican to pick up a blue seat in the Golden State since the 1990s.”

According to the Associated Press, “On paper, the 21st District looks like it should be a Democratic stronghold: The party holds a nearly 17-point registration edge. But California’s agricultural centers have long been known for Republican residents who vote reliably and Democrats who often do not.”

Democrats still hold a large lead in the state, having won 42 House seats while the Republicans have won 10 with one race still yet to be called. Nevertheless, Republican gains in the state and elsewhere across the country are a good sign for the party and a rebuke to Democrats who predicted a blue wave would sweep the 2020 election.

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NYT listens to Twitter woke mob and changes article subhead in Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump story

The New York Times updated the sub-headline of an article about President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner on Tuesday after liberals complained on Twitter.

What are the details?

The article, titled, “As Their D.C. Days Dwindle, Ivanka and Jared Look for a New Beginning,” originally featured a sub-headline, stating, “The end of President Trump’s time in office leaves his daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as well-to-do refugees — but they appear to have plans in New Jersey,” Fox News reported.

Not long after the article was published, however, liberals on Twitter blasted the newspaper for its use of the phrase “well-to-do refugees” to describe the couple, arguing the term is offensive because of the Trump administration’s policies regarding refugees.

Former NYT writer Kendra Pierre-Louis wrote, “I have a lots of thoughts about this story but using the word ‘refugee’ in the dek when they were part of an administration that all but criminalized being a refugee … is a choice.”

PBS NewsHour foreign editor Morgan Till also criticized the move on Twitter, calling the word choice “obscene” and “absurdly callous.”

Others on the platform soon followed in condemning the Times, many slamming the Trump administration’s immigration policy in the process.

“This entire article is a white-washing of Kushner/Ivanka’s culpability in this administration — already seeing their images ‘softened,'” one user wrote.

Another added: “Sanitizing monsters is not an honorable profession.”

What does it say now?

The Times appeared to take the hint Tuesday, updating the subhead by removing the phrase in question and replacing it with “looking for a new home.”

The full subhead now reads: “The end of President Trump’s time in office leaves his daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, looking for a new home — but they appear to have plans in New Jersey.”

There is no editor’s note on the article documenting and explaining the change, as is standard journalistic practice.

Anything else?

The Times bowing to woke mob pressure is nothing new. In March, the newspaper changed a headline three times in order to shield Democrats from blame after they blocked passage of a coronavirus relief bill. The headline evolved from “Democrats Block Action on $1.8 Trillion Stimulus” to “Partisan Divide Threatens Deal on Rescue Bill.”

Then in September, the newspaper stealth-edited a highly criticized claim about America’s founding made in its controversial “1619 Project.” More examples of similar behavior can be seen here and here.

Fox News, in its coverage of this latest headline alteration, noted that former New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss suggested that Twitter had become the “ultimate editor” of the paper in her scathing resignation letter in July.

The Times did not immediately return a request for comment to Fox News.

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NYT listens to Twitter woke mob and changes article subhead in Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump story

The New York Times updated the sub-headline of an article about President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner on Tuesday after liberals complained on Twitter.

What are the details?

The article, titled, “As Their D.C. Days Dwindle, Ivanka and Jared Look for a New Beginning,” originally featured a sub-headline, stating, “The end of President Trump’s time in office leaves his daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as well-to-do refugees — but they appear to have plans in New Jersey,” Fox News reported.

Not long after the article was published, however, liberals on Twitter blasted the newspaper for its use of the phrase “well-to-do refugees” to describe the couple, arguing the term is offensive because of the Trump administration’s policies regarding refugees.

Former NYT writer Kendra Pierre-Louis wrote, “I have a lots of thoughts about this story but using the word ‘refugee’ in the dek when they were part of an administration that all but criminalized being a refugee … is a choice.”

PBS NewsHour foreign editor Morgan Till also criticized the move on Twitter, calling the word choice “obscene” and “absurdly callous.”

Others on the platform soon followed in condemning the Times, many slamming the Trump administration’s immigration policy in the process.

“This entire article is a white-washing of Kushner/Ivanka’s culpability in this administration — already seeing their images ‘softened,'” one user wrote.

Another added: “Sanitizing monsters is not an honorable profession.”

What does it say now?

The Times appeared to take the hint Tuesday, updating the subhead by removing the phrase in question and replacing it with “looking for a new home.”

The full subhead now reads: “The end of President Trump’s time in office leaves his daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, looking for a new home — but they appear to have plans in New Jersey.”

There is no editor’s note on the article documenting and explaining the change, as is standard journalistic practice.

Anything else?

The Times bowing to woke mob pressure is nothing new. In March, the newspaper changed a headline three times in order to shield Democrats from blame after they blocked passage of a coronavirus relief bill. The headline evolved from “Democrats Block Action on $1.8 Trillion Stimulus” to “Partisan Divide Threatens Deal on Rescue Bill.”

Then in September, the newspaper stealth-edited a highly criticized claim about America’s founding made in its controversial “1619 Project.” More examples of similar behavior can be seen here and here.

Fox News, in its coverage of this latest headline alteration, noted that former New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss suggested that Twitter had become the “ultimate editor” of the paper in her scathing resignation letter in July.

The Times did not immediately return a request for comment to Fox News.

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Legal adviser for President Trump says these arguments in Sidney Powell’s lawsuits could ‘affect the outcome of the election’

Pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell finally came through on her promise to legally challenge the 2020 election Thursday by releasing two highly anticipated lawsuits in Georgia and Michigan alleging widespread fraud. As for what affect the lawsuits will have on the results of the election — which for now show former Vice President Joe Biden defeating President Trump 306-232 in the Electoral College — that remains to be seen.

But at least one Trump campaign legal adviser appears to believe that the claims made in the Georgia lawsuit, if argued successfully before a judge, could overturn the election and grant the president a victory.

What are the details?

In a lengthy Twitter thread Thursday, Harmeet Dhillon, a lawyer and former Republican Party official who is now involved in the Trump campaign’s legal effort, summarized the key claims made in Powell’s suit. She acknowledged that while some of Powell’s major arguments — such as that Dominion Voting Systems software was hacked and that thousands of ballots were pre-printed for Biden — would certainly “be enough to change the election results,” they may be more difficult to prove in court.

Instead, Dhillon suggested that a simpler path to victory for Powell would be to lean into a couple lesser, but still serious, claims of election fraud made in the suit.

“To me, the easiest way to reach the goal [of overturning the election] is something much simpler alleged in the complaint at para. 121,” wrote Dhillon. “That thousands of specific, identifiable voters, cast ballots after they moved out of state as evidenced in their registration in a national database, and may even have cast votes in their new states also which can easily be checked against the other state’s records. This accounts for thousands of votes.”

“The other category Matt Braynard has researched & documented, is thousands of identifiable, specific registrations at fraudulent addresses such as P.O. Boxes, non-residential, etc.,” she continued. “These seem to be specific and of a sufficient volume that their disqualification would affect the outcome of the election. I think this simple tack — much easier to grasp and prove than the more complicated theories — is compelling.”

What else?

It should be noted that UPS allows individuals to set up personal mailboxes at local stores where they can receive mail and packages and the United States Postal Service sometimes allows individuals without permanent addresses to have mail sent to local stores via “General Delivery.”

It could be that Powell’s suit is alleging an irregular number of absentee ballots were delivered to such mailboxes, raising suspicion of fraudulent activity.

Anything else?

Dhillon went on to counter the charge that it is too late to challenge the election because votes have already been cast, recounted, and in many cases certified by state election officials.

“[But] how are you supposed to allege that someone cast a ballot from a fraudulent registration address or after moving, before the election?” Dhillon asked. “This is something that can only be checked after the votes are cast and tallied, particularly where last-minute registrations are permitted by increasingly lax voter registration policies pushed by Democrats, followed by no signature verification or other safeguards, as the lawsuit alleges.”

“I think these ‘Braynard’ allegations have legs, and should be pursued aggressively,” she concluded.

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President Trump says he’ll ‘certainly’ leave office if he loses Electoral College vote, but vows legal fight is ‘far from over’

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will “certainly” leave office if the Electoral College votes to elect Democratic nominee Joe Biden, but vowed there will be “a lot of things happening between now and Jan. 20.”

When asked by a reporter during a lengthy teleconference with military troops on Thanksgiving if he would vacate the presidency should he lose the Electoral College vote, the president said, “Certainly I will, and you know that.”

But the president earlier admitted that “it’s going to be a very hard thing to concede” because of the “massive fraud” he alleges took place during the 2020 election.

“As to whether or not we can get this apparatus moving quickly — because time isn’t on our side, everything else is on our side, facts are on our side, this was a massive fraud,” Trump stated.

    “This was a rigged election,” he said, adding elsewhere, “This race is far from over.”

    The Electoral College meets on Dec. 14. The states must first certify their results, and any challenge to the results must be resolved by Dec. 8.

    The teleconference was the first time that the president has answered questions from reporters since the Nov. 3 election.

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    Several mainstream media outlets have called the race for Biden and officials in battleground states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia have taken steps toward certifying election results. But undeterred, the Trump campaign is pushing forward with legal challenges in many states hoping to demonstrate that widespread election fraud took place.

    On Wednesday, the president’s legal team participated in a public hearing about election “irregularities” in Pennsylvania. Similar public hearings are scheduled to take place in Arizona on Monday and Michigan on Tuesday.

    Trump’s refusal to accept the reported election results has caused a stir among Democrats who say they feared that such an event like this would happen — that Trump would hold up in the Oval Office and need to be physically removed.

    In October, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced legislation to create a commission that could recommend removing a president from office.

    In a statement earlier this month, Biden campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates threatened, “the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”

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    This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful I am not in control

    I think most would agree that this calendar year has been a fitting example of particularly turbulent times in American society. We have been confronted with the coronavirus pandemic, racial unrest in the streets, and a contested election that, for at least half of America, appears not to have gone the way they had hoped. And that is not even to mention the various a personal changes and tragedies that you may have encountered that are unrelated to the “big three” listed above. In short, things seemed manifestly out of control.

    On a personal note, as the chaos progressed I began to notice the effects: a growing frustration in my own heart. The emotions were a surprise to me since I do not at all consider myself a “control freak.” Yet here I was, plainly upset in response to things not having gone the way that I believed was best.

    As Christians well know, a sure-fire sign of idol possession is if a negative response is triggered when that idol is taken away. With that in mind, despite all of my supposed “righteous frustration” over the evil winning and the good losing, I was forced to acknowledge the obvious: I was a symptomatic carrier of a sickness — the loss of my idol of control.

    Thankfully, a well-timed message from Psalm 46 taught by a pastor at my church reminded me that though I am not in control, God assuredly is, and he even uses chaos to make this especially clear. My lack of control is meant to serve as a foil to the One who exercises ultimate control over the course of history, from the smallest events to the most momentous occasions.

    God is in control

    Here’s what the psalmist declares:

    1 God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
    2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
    3 though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

    4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
    5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
    God will help her when morning dawns.
    6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
    7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

    8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
    how he has brought desolations on the earth.
    9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the chariots with fire.
    10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”
    11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

    The passage clearly illustrates that God’s sovereignty is not diminished by surrounding chaos, but is magnified. And this truth, according to the psalmist, is meant to be an encouragement to believers, not a reason to be frustrated or fearful.

    What does this mean for us?

    The apparently disturbing reality stated above — that we are not in control — is actually what we are meant to embrace.

    In times of chaos, we are given a heightened awareness of what has always been ultimately true; that we are not in control, but God is. In times of chaos, the reality of our true situation hits home. It’s no longer out there in the abstract; it’s right here. This is where the rubber meets the road as far as our beliefs go.

    Yet, if I’m honest, my knee-jerk reaction to the reality of the situation is often exactly the opposite of what it should be. I don’t just narrowly miss the mark, I turn the whole thing on its head.

    Here are a couple examples: in times of chaos, my knee-jerk reaction is frustration, but God says “be still.” In times of chaos, my knee-jerk reaction is to think God is smaller, but God says he is “exalted.”

    I’m still learning the lesson and working hard to trust in Psalm 46. Part of that is resisting the temptation to believe that I know what is best for the long-term. For the short-term, sure, I may know what is best to produce a certain outcome and I will fight for that outcome wholeheartedly. But as far as God’s cosmic plan for the universe, yeah, I’ll leave that to him.

    So this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that I’m not in control, because I know who is and I can rest in that.

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    Jason Whitlock calls out Shannon Sharpe over racist watermelon outrage: ‘I know it’s a gimmick’

    Outkick sports writer Jason Whitlock grilled Shannon Sharpe after the Hall of Fame tight end insinuated Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy was being racially insensitive by smashing watermelons in order to motivate his team.

    McCarthy reportedly pulled out a sledgehammer and smashed watermelons with different objectives written on them during the Cowboys’ team meeting Saturday night ahead of their matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. The stunt was an imitation of prop comic Gallagher and the players reportedly loved it. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence even got involved, taking a turn swinging the sledgehammer.

    But Sharpe didn’t think the stunt was funny. He blasted McCarthy on Tuesday, saying, “Dear white America, any time you have black people in your presence, watermelon has a negative connotation.”

    Whitlock sounds off

    “I’m not sure what Shannon Sharpe is thinking,” Whitlock said Wednesday, filling in for BlazeTV’s Glenn Beck on his radio show. “Who lives this way … constantly looking for something to be offended by?”

    “The Dallas Cowboys, like most of the NFL, 70% probably [are] black players on that roster. DeMarcus Lawrence, the defensive lineman gets up [and] smashes the watermelon, too,” he continued. “It didn’t mean a damn thing to them because they’re not thinking of, ‘How can I be controversial on TV’ and ‘How can I accuse a white person of being racist?’

    “That’s not a common thought for most people,” he added.

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    What else?

    Whitlock defended McCarthy against the baseless attack and went even further to make the case that Sharpe’s outrage was actually disingenuous.

    “Mike McCarthy, I’ve known him for years. I’ve been a critic of him as a football coach,” Whitlock noted. “But there is not a shred of evidence that he’s racist … and to just willy-nilly throw in that tag on him to get through a television segment is repulsive to me.

    “I’ve known Shannon Sharpe just as long,” he continued. “And I know it’s a gimmick. I know he doesn’t believe it.”

    Whitlock, who has always been outspoken about racial and political issues, has been making headlines this week. On Tuesday, he went on an emotional tear, explaining how modern-day liberals are the “ideological descendants” of slaveholders and accused them of “imposing mental slavery” on black people.

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    Judge orders Pennsylvania halt certification of election results as fight over mail-in ballots continues

    A Pennsylvania judge has ordered state officials to stop any further action in the certification of election results in the Keystone State until her court is able to hold an evidentiary hearing scheduled on Friday.

    Commonwealth Judge Patricia McCullough, issued the injunction order on Wednesday in response to an emergency request made by Republican lawmakers and candidates who claim that a state law allowing no-excuse absentee voting violated the state constitution.

    “To the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America, respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so, pending an evidentiary hearing to be held on Friday,” McCullough wrote in the injunction order. “Respondents are preliminarily enjoined from certifying the remaining results of the election, pending the evidentiary hearing.”

    McCullough is the presiding judge over a lawsuit brought by Republican lawmakers and candidates against the state, its general assembly, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar.

    The plaintiffs in the case allege that the statute in question, Act 77, “is the most expansive and fundamental change to the Pennsylvania voting code, implemented illegally, to date.” They argue that in order for absentee voting to be expanded, a constitutional amendment is required, not just the passage of legislation.

    “As with prior historical attempts to illegally expand mail-in voting by statute, which have been struck down going as far back as the Military Absentee Ballot Act of 1839, Act 77 is another illegal attempt to override the limitations on absentee voting prescribed in the Pennsylvania Constitution, without first following the necessary procedure to amend the constitution to allow for the expansion,” the lawsuit reads.

    The plaintiffs filed the emergency request after they say state officials announced the certification of presidential election results prematurely. The state certified election results on Tuesday. In 2016, Pennsylvania certified the presidential election on Dec. 12, the Epoch Times noted.

    Democratic Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro immediately responded to the news, vowing to appeal the order with the state Supreme Court.

    News of the order broke as state lawmakers conducted a public hearing on “election issues and irregularities” in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Members of President Trump’s legal team were present at the hearing.

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    Sidney Powell promises ‘massive’ Georgia lawsuit by Wednesday that will ‘save’ Trump’s presidency

    Sidney Powell, the pro-Trump attorney who is reportedly working on compiling evidence to prove that manipulated voting software skewed the results of the 2020 election, vowed that a “massive” lawsuit in Georgia would be filed by Wednesday and that it, along with similar lawsuits, would ultimately “save” Donald Trump’s presidency.

    “I think no later than tomorrow,” Powell told Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs on Tuesday regarding the lawsuit. “It’s just going to be — it’s a massive document. And it’s going to have a lot of exhibits.”

    “Do you think that we’re going to see the Trump presidency saved?” Dobbs asked.

    “Yes, I definitely do,” Powell responded. “There’s no issue in my mind but that he was elected in an absolute landslide nationwide.”

    It is just the latest assurance provided by Powell over the last couple of weeks. The former defense attorney for Gen. Michael Flynn has repeatedly promised she would “release the Kraken” of evidence proving that Trump won the election “in a landslide.” However, to date no such evidence has been submitted resulting in the overturning of results, which show former Vice President Joe Biden winning enough Electoral College votes to become the next president.

    In Georgia, Biden narrowly defeated Trump by just over 12,000 votes.

    BREAKING NEWS: Sidney Powell Tells Lou Dobbs Her Lawsuit In Georgia May Be Filed As Soon As Tomorrow

    Nevertheless, Powell contended that she and her team are hard at work compiling evidence for lawsuits in several battleground states.

    “We will be rolling them out as fast as we possibly can, because it affected the entire country,” she said. “It’s all so clear that there was foreign intrusion into our voting systems, and that’s going be the real — where the rubber meets the road.”

    “There’s no doubt that the software was created and used in Venezuela to control the elections and make sure that Hugo Chavez was always reelected as the dictator of Venezuela, in what appeared to be ‘free and fair elections,'” she added later during the interview. “But they were manipulated by the software used in the Dominion machines and used by other machines in the United States, frankly. And we are just continuing to be inundated by evidence of all the frauds here, and every manner and means of fraud you could possibly think of.”

    The news comes on the heels of the Trump legal team appearing to distance themselves from Powell. In a statement over the weekend, Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis and Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani made clear that Powell was “not a member” of the legal team and “not a lawyer for the president in his personal capacity,” but “is practicing law on her own.”

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    Report: Facebook hatched ’emergency’ plan using ‘secret internal ranking’ to suppress ‘right-wing’ news sources post-election

    In the tense days after the election as claims of widespread fraud were being disseminated on the platform, Facebook reportedly made an “emergency change” to its algorithm to suppress news sources that were spreading what the company believed to be “election misinformation.”

    According to the New York Times, the change involved weighting news sources using a “secret internal ranking” of publishers that Facebook created based on “signals about the quality of their journalism.” The result became the more prominent featuring of posts from mainstream news outlets such as “CNN, The New York Times, and NPR,” and the suppression of posts from “right-wing” outlets.

    The change — which was hatched by a group of employees and approved by the social media giant’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg — was reportedly part of several “break glass” plans the company had spent months developing in the case of a contested election. Here’s more from the Times report:

    It involved emphasizing the importance of what Facebook calls “news ecosystem quality” scores, or N.E.Q., a secret internal ranking it assigns to news publishers based on signals about the quality of their journalism.

    Typically, N.E.Q. scores play a minor role in determining what appears on users’ feeds. But several days after the election, Mr. Zuckerberg agreed to increase the weight that Facebook’s algorithm gave to N.E.Q. scores to make sure authoritative news appeared more prominently, said three people with knowledge of the decision, who were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations.

    The change was part of the “break glass” plans Facebook had spent months developing for the aftermath of a contested election. It resulted in a spike in visibility for big, mainstream publishers like CNN, The New York Times and NPR, while posts from highly engaged hyperpartisan pages, such as Breitbart and Occupy Democrats, became less visible, the employees said.

    “It was a vision of what a calmer, less divisive Facebook might look like,” the report noted, as if granting its approval to the emergency plan. The Times’ approval is not surprising since it was explicitly listed as one of the publishers who benefitted from the algorithm change.

    The sentiment is not likely to be shared by Republicans and supporters of President Trump, however, who will no doubt see the change as yet another egregious example of blatant, purposeful censorship. The social media company, along with Twitter, had been heavily scrutinized in the weeks leading up to the election for its unabashed censorship of the New York Post’s bombshell reporting on Hunter Biden.

    Guy Rosen, a Facebook executive who oversees its integrity division, told reporters on a conference call last week that the post-election algorithm changes were always meant to be temporary, but that decision is not uniformly popular at the company. The Times noted that some at the company argued that the changes should become permanent.

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    New Virginia study finds online schooling is severely damaging students’ academic achievement

    A new study conducted by Virginia’s largest school system found that distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic is severely damaging academic achievement.

    What are the details?

    In comparison to the last academic year, the percentage of middle school and high school students enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools receiving marks of “F” in two or more classes during the first quarter of this academic year rose from 6% to 11%, the district’s Office of Research and Strategic Improvement found. The numbers represent a year-over-year increase of 83%.

    Younger students were much more seriously affected than older ones, as middle-schoolers exhibited a 300% increase in marks of “F,” while high schoolers exhibited a 50% increase.

    The study also found that some of the most vulnerable students — those with disabilities and English-language learners — were the ones who have been struggling the most.

    The number of students with disabilities who scored marks of “F” in two or more classes shot up by 111% to account for nearly one-fifth of those students, while the number of English-language learners who scored marks of “F” increased by 106% to account for 35% of those students.

    While students in certain demographics exhibited more pronounced increases than others, the study found that “the pattern was pervasive across all student groups, grade levels, and content areas examined in this report.”

    What else?

    In a summary of the findings, district researchers acknowledged that “there is reason for concern,” especially considering that students who were previously not performing well were the ones who were having the hardest time.

    “Results indicate a widening gap between students who were previously performing satisfactorily and those performing unsatisfactorily,” the report noted. “In other words, students who performed well previously primarily performed slightly better than expected during Q1 of this year. In contrast, students who were previously not performing well, performed considerably less well. A greater proportion of low-performing students received failing grades during Q1 than would have been expected based on patterns of marks in prior years.”

    In a statement to the Washington Post, the school system’s superintendent, Scott Brabrand, said they are working quickly to identify and aid the students who are struggling the most.

    “We are working on identifying these students by name and by need and are working on specific interventions to support them right now and as we phase back in person,” he said.

    Despite the obvious damage being inflicted on students’ academic achievement, the school system has halted plans to return to in-person classes until at least Nov. 30 due to a surge in coronavirus cases across the country.

    Brabrand, however, vowed during a recent town hall that he has every intention of returning to in-person activities as soon as possible.

    “We are committed to returning our kids to in-person. There will be some setbacks. There will be some pauses. I cannot promise you that it will be linear,” he said.

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    Jason Whitlock: Liberals are the ‘ideological descendants’ of slaveholders; they’ve ‘imposed mental slavery’ on black people

    Conservative sports commentator Jason Whitlock went on an emotional tear Tuesday, characterizing modern-day liberals as the “ideological descendants” of slaveholders and accusing them of “imposing mental slavery” on black people by making their skin color their defining characteristic.

    “There’s this one group of people, who their most prized possession, their defining characteristic, is their skin color,” Whitlock said while guest-hosting on Glenn Beck’s radio program. “We’ll capitalize the ‘B’ in their description of themselves — and they’re black, and they’re different than everybody else, and their freedom is basically limited.”

    “If you don’t stick to a liberal point of view, on all issues, you’re kicked out of the black race,” he said of the pressure put on black people in American society by the political left. “You don’t have the freedom. Every other group in this country has the right, the freedom, [to say] I want to be conservative, I want to be liberal, I want to be libertarian … everybody else gets to do that but us.”

    “You must serve blackness,” he continued. “Blackness is your religion. Blackness Trumps God, Jesus, and everything. Your skin color is the most important thing about you.”

    Jason Whitlock Calls Out the Left’s “Mental Slavery” of the Black Community

    Whitlock, who has been making similar arguments in opinion columns at sports and pop culture site Outkick, explained how a recent appearance by black comedian Dave Chappelle on “Saturday Night Live” sparked his thinking on the matter.

    Whitlock recalled that during his opening monologue in the Nov. 7 episode, Chappelle discussed how his great-great-grandfather, who had been born into slavery, took a delegation of black people to a meeting with President Woodrow Wilson in the White House, despite Wilson at the time being “considered a friend of the Confederacy.”

    “But Dave Chappelle’s great-grandfather, being a typical American — loving education, loving freedom, and loving Jesus Christ — went to meet with the president,” Whitlock noted. “Now, anybody black that meets with [President Trump] gets kicked out of the black race. We don’t just get to pursue education, freedom, and Jesus Christ anymore. That’s been taken away from us by the ideological descendants of slavery.”

    “They’ve imposed a mental slavery, in replacement of the physical slavery, and it’s more destructive than the physical slavery,” he said. “When they take over your mind, they taking over your body, your spirit, your soul. They disconnect you from God, and connect you to liberalism. It’s the capital ‘B,’ this special distinction, they’ve given us.”

    Now it’s up to conservatives to take time to expose how “liberals are wearing the hood,” Whitlock concluded.

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    DOJ busts 15 members of Philadelphia Mafia, including ‘Tony Meatballs’ and ‘Joey Electric’

    The Department of Justice announced on Monday indictments against 15 members and associates of the Philadelphia Mafia for their alleged involvement in various crimes including federal racketeering, illegal gambling, loan-sharking, extortion, and drug trafficking.

    What are the details?

    The criminal organization, officially referred to as the South Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey-based criminal organization “La Cosa Nostra,” has been operating in the region for decades and is “one of a number of LCN organized crime families based in various cities throughout the United States,” the DOJ stated in a news release.

    As expected for a Mafia bust, the nicknames of defendants charged in the indictment read like a casting list for a gangster movie. Here’s more from the news release:

    The defendants charged in the seven-count Superseding Indictment are Steven Mazzone, aka “Stevie,” age 56; Domenic Grande, aka “Dom,” aka “Mr. Hopkins,” aka “Mr. Brown,” aka “Dom14,” age 41; Joseph Servidio, aka “Joey Electric,” age 60; Salvatore Mazzone, aka “Sonny,” age 55; Joseph Malone, age 70; Louis Barretta, aka “Louie Sheep,” age 56; Victor DeLuca, aka “Big Vic,” age 56; Kenneth Arabia, aka “Kenny,” age 67; Daniel Castelli, aka “Danny,” aka “Cozzy,” aka “Butch,” aka “Harry,” age 67; Carl Chianese, age 81; Anthony Gifoli, aka “Tony Meatballs,” age 73; John Romeo, age 58; Daniel Malatesta, age 75; Daniel Bucceroni, age 66; and John Michael Payne, age 34.

    Like other Mafia organizations, or families, the Philadelphia LCN operated through a defined hierarchical structure, which includes a “boss,” an “underboss,” and several “captains” who oversee crews of “soldiers” and “associates,” the news release noted.

    Soldiers are members of the crime family who have been “made” through an initiation ceremony, in which they swear allegiance, vow secrecy, and agree to commit violence on behalf of the family, if needed. Associates, on the other hand, are men who engage in coordinated criminal activity with the family but who have not been “made” for various reasons.

    According to the indictment, 10 of the alleged mobsters were charged with engaging in a pattern of racketeering activity and through the collection of unlawful debts. The remaining five were charged with various other offenses, including conducting an illegal gambling business and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

    What else?

    Though it doesn’t appear that DOJ officials were able to indict the boss, the organization’s underboss, Steven Mazzone, and a captain, Domenic Grande, were listed in the charges.

    “Thanks to the dedicated and courageous efforts of federal law enforcement over the past several decades, the Philadelphia mob isn’t what it used to be, and thank God for that,” U.S. Attorney McSwain said regarding the indictments. “But it is still a problem and is still allegedly committing serious federal crimes, which is why we at the Department of Justice are focused on stamping it out. We will not rest until the mob is nothing but a bad memory.”

    The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI in coordination with Pennsylvania state police and Philadelphia police.

    “The charges unsealed today against these 15 alleged members and associates of the Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra show that the mafia remains a criminal presence in our city and beyond,” Michael J. Driscoll, the lead FBI Special Agent in the Philadelphia division, added. “From loansharking and illegal gambling to drug trafficking and extortion, the mob continues to keep its fingers in many different pots, in its ceaseless quest for illegal profits. This group should’ve learned by now that the FBI is as committed to eradicating organized crime as wise guys are to embracing it.”

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    In Seattle, 34 more officers ditch the force as city slashes police budget for a second time

    An additional 34 police officers have exited the Seattle Police Department since October as the city council voted to slash the police budget for a second time.

    According to Jason Rantz of KTTH-TV, the latest exodus brings the total number of separations since the start of this year to a historic high of 144, with “scores of other [officers] still applying elsewhere.” Rantz said rumors are swirling internally that separations could hit 200 by the year’s end.

    The news comes as the Seattle City Council approved the city’s 2021 budget on Monday, in a move that shrank police department funding by 18%, KING-TV reported. The budget cuts are expected to affect overtime pay and training while leaving dozens of vacant jobs unfilled and moving 911 dispatchers and parking enforcement out of the department’s jurisdiction.

    “I am sad and yet, I’m not surprised that many of the great human beings that do the job of policing in Seattle are still leaving SPD at an alarming rate,” Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) President Mike Solan told KTTH-TV. “It saddens me because I’m witnessing a professional police agency revered by many fall victim to radical activism that is swallowing Seattle.”

    Under the new budget, millions of dollars that previously funded the police department will now go to community programs. Activists applauded the new budget, though it fell far short of their goal of cutting police funding by 50%.

    “These are all really exciting things that have been won after many, many years of mobilizing and partnering together,” said Nikkita Oliver, a prominent local activist. “They’ve been won because of the uprising and defense of black lives, and the many people who put their feet to the ground, who have made calls, sent emails, and organized their communities.”

    Councilwoman Lisa Herbold, who originally campaigned on hiring more officers, said, “Our work to shift the public safety response away from police, is a beginning to address our nation’s shame in that history of policing.”

    In response, Solan called the city council “naïve” and argued the budget cuts would ultimately make the city even less safe.

    “You’re going to see crime rise, we’re already seeing increased homicide rates that we haven’t seen in decades,” he said.

    The Seattle Police Department is now dangerously understaffed. The number of deployable officers now sits at approximately 1,200, which is lower than it was in the 1990s despite the population increasing by 44% since then. According to KTTH-TV, the mayor’s office said in the coming months that number could drop even further, to 1,072.

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    Fox News’ Janice Dean, who lost in-laws to COVID-19, ‘physically sick’ over Cuomo Emmy: ‘While he accepts his award,’ we accepted ‘caskets and urns’

    Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean — who lost her elderly in-laws to COVID-19 as the virus swept through New York City’s nursing homes earlier this year — was infuriated Monday and grew visibly emotional when commenting on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s acceptance of an Emmy Award for his pandemic leadership.

    Cuomo, whose pandemic actions resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly New Yorkers, was selected to receive this year’s International Emmy Founder’s Award “in recognition of his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world,” the organization announced last week.

    The Democratic governor called the news of his selection “flattering,” adding, “I accept it on behalf of the people of this state.”

    What did she say?

    Dean, a staunch critic of the governor’s leadership during the crisis, blasted his frequent self-praise during an appearance on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Monday morning.

    “It’s just more grief. Every time we see this governor celebrating himself on television, it’s just a reminder of the people that we lost, partly because of his leadership,” she said.

    Later in the interview Dean added that the thought of him sending in footage of his briefings to the organization made her “physically sick.”

    “I heard that to get an Emmy Award, you have to send videotape of yourself to the board members,” she said. “And so to think that the governor was going through some of his TV appearances talking about deaths in New York and submitting those videos to the Emmy folks really makes me physically sick. He could start his award-winning speech by saying, ‘I’m really sorry for your loss.’ That’s something we have never heard from this governor at any of his meetings or his PowerPoint presentations.”

    “While he accepts his award, many of us just accepted caskets and urns of our loved ones,” Dean said at the end of the interview.

    What’s the background?

    Dean is one of many incensed at the governor for his implementation of a dangerous policy early on in the pandemic which forced nursing homes to accept coronavirus positive patients who had been discharged from the hospital. The policy remained in effect from March until May 10, and is estimated to have directly resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly New Yorkers.

    In July, Dean called for an investigation into the governor’s actions pertaining to nursing homes amid the pandemic.

    Despite the political heat, Cuomo has refused to accept responsibility for his actions. Instead, he has celebrated his leadership by accepting the award and publishing a book about his handling of the virus and even as it raged on in the state.

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    Top Operation Warp Speed doctor says US could reach ‘herd immunity,’ return to normal life by May 2021

    The chief scientific adviser on President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed panel is predicting that Americans may be able to return to normal life by the middle of next year.

    What are the details?

    Dr. Moncef Slaoui told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that tens of millions of COVID-19 vaccines will begin shipping to immunization sites by the end of this year, and that by May 2021, herd immunity could be reached.

    “Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours from the approval, so I expect maybe on day two after approval on the 11th or the 12th of December,” he said, referring to two vaccines produced by biotech companies, Pfizer and Moderna, which will soon be considered for emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    Slaoui said there would need to be about “70% or so of the population being immunized” to allow for “true herd immunity to take place” and for life to start returning to normal.

    “That is likely to happen in the month of May or something like that, based on our plans,” he predicted.

    “I really hope and look forward to seeing that the level of negative perception of the vaccine decreases and peoples’ acceptance increases,” he added, noting acceptance of the vaccine “is going to be critical to help us.”

    “Most people need to be immunized before we can go back to a normal life,” he added.

    What else?

    Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, which partnered with German company BioNTech to develop a vaccine, announced that it had submitted an application for emergency approval from the FDA on Friday. A panel of experts are scheduled to review the application on Dec. 10.

    Moderna, which also developed a vaccine with 95% efficacy against the novel coronavirus, plans to submit an emergency use authorization application in the coming weeks.

    Once the vaccines are approved, the federal government, in cooperation with the private companies, will begin rapidly shipping doses to immunization sites. Health care workers and at-risk individuals will presumably receive vaccinations first.

    Also during the interview with Tapper, Slaoui praised Operation War Speed’s vaccine development efforts, calling it an “incredible, visionary approach to put together science and the Department of Defense and Industry in an incredible partnership.”

    Dr. Slaoui on Operation Warp Speed: An “Incredible, Visionary Approach…Incredible Partnership”

    Anything else?

    In response to concerns that the political turmoil persisting from the 2020 election may hamper vaccine distribution efforts, Slaoui told NBC’s Chuck Todd that distribution plans will be carried out no matter who is occupying the Oval Office.

    “The operation has been isolated from the administration, from the political environment and the political context. We work very hard to make sure that’s the case. And, therefore, all the decisions are made, the train is running. Whether one administration or the other, it doesn’t frankly make a difference,” he said.

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    Biden’s pick for secretary of state blasted President Trump’s ‘America First’ foreign policy as xenophobic and isolationist; supported Iraq War

    Former Vice President Joe Biden’s reported pick for secretary of state, longtime adviser Antony Blinken, once slammed President Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy as xenophobic and isolationist and previously advised Biden to vote for the Iraq War.

    What are the details?

    Blinken, a career foreign policy official who served as Biden’s national security adviser and later deputy secretary of state during the Obama administration, is expected to bring a much more globalist perspective to the State Department.

    He will reportedly lead efforts to reverse course on several of President Trump’s initiatives and re-involve the United States in international agreements such as the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal, noted Bloomberg, the first outlet to report the news.

    That the potential new secretary of state will distance himself from Trump’s policies is no surprise, as he has been a leading critic of trump’s “America First” foreign policy.

    In a 2019 op-ed that he co-authored, Blinken castigated the principle as “only making the world worse” as it confronts an increasingly dangerous world of populists and demagogues, democracy under siege, mass migration, and global warming.

    “Doubling down on ‘America First,’ with its mix of nationalism, unilateralism and xenophobia, would only exacerbate these problems,” Blinken wrote, frequently suggesting that the U.S. should embrace a strategy with more global cooperation, not less. He referred to his counter-strategy as “responsible global engagement.”

    “Successive administrations have underfunded and undervalued our diplomacy, none more dangerously than the present one,” he said.

    What else?

    Blinken has also come under fire for his support of America’s entrance into the Iraq War since news broke that he was Biden’s pick for top diplomat.

    According to the Nation, Blinken served as Biden’s top aide in 2002 when the former senator voted in favor of a resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq.

    President Trump made his opposition to involvement in Iraq a major theme of his successful 2016 campaign and, in 2020, hammered Biden for supporting the war.

    Anything else?

    Blinken was a staunch proponent of U.S. involvement in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, and Libya during the Obama administration and, according to the New York Times, helped craft the American response in those countries with “mixed results.”

    During a May interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Blinken himself admitted that the Obama administration “failed” in Syria.

    “The last administration has to acknowledge that we failed, not for want of trying, but we failed,” Blinken plainly assessed. “We failed to prevent a horrific loss of life. We failed to prevent massive displacement of people internally in Syria and, of course, externally as refugees. And it’s something that I will take with me for the rest of my days.”

    “What happened, unfortunately, since then is that a horrific situation was made arguably even worse,” he continued. “And to the extent the United States had any remaining leverage in Syria to try to effectuate some more positive outcome. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has more or less turned that up to pulling out entirely in Syria has taken away significant leverage.”

    Biden immigration Border crossings border patrol DHS Illegal Immigration Intelwars

    DHS officials warn illegal border crossings are surging in anticipation of Biden presidency

    Homeland Security officials warned recently they are already seeing a surge in illegal border crossings at the United States southern border as migrants anticipate more lenient immigration enforcement policies under a Joe Biden presidency.

    What are the details?

    According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics released last Thursday, immigration authorities made more than 69,000 arrests during the month of October, which was a 21% increase from September and marked the highest total of any October since 2005.

    The high numbers were part of a trend, as illegal border crossing arrests have been steadily climbing since the summer. Immigration authorities made 47,283 arrests in August and 38,536 in July.

    On a conference call with reporters Thursday, acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan noted that while many of the crossings are due to worsening economic conditions south of the border, “perceived or anticipated shifts in policies” under a Biden administration were also creating new pull factors.

    Morgan warned that things would only get worse if more Trump-era policies, such Migrant Protection Protocols, which sent migrants to Mexico to await hearings, were repealed.

    “If you remove MPP as well as other policies that critics have said they’re going to remove, make no mistake that is going to sound the alarm that our borders are open,” he said. “It’ll be absolutely devastating.”

    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf added: “If these critical tools are removed or overturned, then the Department — and you, our frontline partners — would be imperiled by another immigration crisis.”

    What else?

    Democratic nominee Joe Biden has pushed for a number of liberal immigration policies on the campaign trail, including a moratorium on deportations for his first 100 days in office and a road map to citizenship for 11 million illegal aliens residing in America.

    “Within 100 days, I’m going to send the United States Congress a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people,” Biden said during a debate with President Trump in October.

    Morgan noted on the call that statements like that undoubtedly “sound the alarm that our borders are open,” adding, “you will see a crisis that makes last year’s crisis look like child’s play, and you can take that to the bank.”

    Anything else?

    If recent comments from immigrants facing deportation in Denver, Colorado, are emblematic of the whole, Morgan appears to be correct.

    One illegal immigrant, who has lived “in sanctuary” for two years in the city and is now awaiting deportation to Mexico, told a local news outlet she hopes Biden makes changes to the immigration system for the benefit all illegal immigrants.

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

    Another, facing deportation to Peru, added: “Yes we have more hope with this president, Joe Biden. With [the Trump] administration we tried but had a lot of doors closed.”

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    NY Gov. Cuomo to receive an Emmy Award for his pandemic leadership and ‘masterful’ use of TV to ‘calm’ people around the world

    New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been selected to receive this year’s International Emmy Founder’s Award “in recognition of his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world,” the organization announced in a news release Friday.

    What are the details?

    In the release, International Academy President & CEO Bruce L. Paisner gushed over Cuomo’s daily televised briefings, which he held for 111 consecutive days starting on March 2, at the start of the pandemic, and ending on June 19.

    “The governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,” Paisner said. “People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back.”

    The organization noted that these daily briefings were “carried live by New York’s local TV stations, nationally on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other news outlets in the U.S. and around the world” and all in all “have drawn a total of 59 million viewers.”

    “It’s flattering,” Cuomo said, responding to the news during a Friday conference call with the media. “I accept it on behalf of the people of this state. It’s for the people of the state. What New Yorkers did was really amazing.”

    According to the organization, the Founder’s Award is presented annually to an individual or organization who “crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity.” Notable past recipients include former Vice President Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, and Steven Spielberg.

    What else?

    The news is sure to spark controversy as the governor has been harshly criticized over his implementation of strict lockdown measures in the state since the start of the pandemic. He has also been excoriated for his implementation of a dangerous policy that mandated that nursing homes receive patients who had tested positive for the coronavirus but were discharged from the hospital.

    The March 25 directive was eventually rescinded on May 10 but by then it was too late for thousands of elderly New Yorkers. In the aftermath of the fiasco, Cuomo has attempted to duck responsibility.

    Unsurprisingly, the news was panned by many on social media.

    Outkick writer Clay Travis wrote: “Cuomo’s failures directly led to the death of tens of thousands of New Yorkers. He’s objectively the worst political leader in the world in the 21st century. I mean, this is just total madness.”

    “Andrew Cuomo deserves to be on trial for the elderly people his nursing home order directly murdered. Instead, he’s getting an Emmy,” the Federalist’s Ben Domenech added.

    “It’s not enough to gaslight you,” conservative commentator Buck Sexton tweeted. “Cuomo and his lib minions won’t be happy until they make you question your grip on reality with all their bulls**t propaganda.”

    Meghan McCain called the news “shameful.”

    And Allie Beth Stuckey added, “Hello & welcome to ClownTown! Where boys are girls, 2 and 2 make 5, Elizabeth Warren is Native American, 1984 is a training manual and Governor Cuomo is a hero. hope you hate it here.”

    The Washington Examiner’s Siraj Hashmi tweeted, “If we’re lucky, Andrew Cuomo will receive a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in ending suffering in New York’s nursing homes.”

    Coronavirus COVID-19 Hoarding Intelwars Panic buying toilet paper

    People are panic-buying toilet paper again as COVID-19 lockdowns are reimposed

    With the coronavirus cases on the rise and lockdowns reimposed in many communities across the country, people are reportedly flocking to supermarkets to panic-buy toilet paper again.

    The Associated Press reported this week that 21% of shelves that stock products such as paper towels and toilet paper are empty, which is the highest that figure has been in at least a month. Market research company IRI told the news agency that prior to the pandemic, 5% to 7% of consumer goods were typically out of stock.

    Retail giant Walmart is reportedly having trouble keeping up with the demand for cleaning supplies, and supermarket chains like Kroger, Publix, and Target have reinstated limits on how much toilet paper consumers can purchase in effort to combat hoarding.

    Numerous local news reports have surfaced this week from all over the country — including places like Tampa, Florida; Albany, New York; Sacramento, California; and the Twin Cities in Minnesota — all confirming the news: supply is growing sparse again.

    The situation is reminiscent of the chaos that unfolded in March and April when consumers descended on grocery stores en masse to panic-buy household goods, putting a major strain on the nation’s supply chain.

    But experts say that this time around, things won’t be nearly as bad.

    “I’m not going to be a Pollyanna and say things are perfect,” Geoff Freeman, the chief executive of the trade group Consumer Brands Association, told the Washington Post. “But we are fundamentally in a different place than we were in March and April. Even retailers rationing is a demonstration of lessons learned. The psychology of empty shelves causes a vicious cycle.”

    “A more informed consumer combined with a more informed manufacturer and a more informed retailer should provide all of us with a greater sense of ease and ensure we can meet this growing demand,” Freeman added in conversation with the Associated Press.

    Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told CNN Business while it is certainly “disappointing” to see “as many out-of-stocks as we have in consumables right now,” he is confident that his company is better prepared to handle rising demand.

    “It feels to me like we’ll work through this period of time better than we did in the first wave,” he said.

    The United States has recorded more than 100,000 daily infections each day for two consecutive weeks and on Thursday recorded more than 182,000, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

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    Tucker Carlson? says Trump attorney Sidney Powell wouldn’t provide him with any evidence of election fraud. Powell hits back.

    Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson called out Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell on air recently alleging he reached out to the attorney following the Trump legal team’s press conference about election fraud asking her for direct evidence of her claims — but never received any.

    In the opening monologue for his show Thursday night, Carlson said that he did not dismiss any of Powell’s claims but was genuinely interested in the evidence she might have. Powell has argued that leftist-run voting software is responsible for flipping millions of votes from President Trump to Democratic nominee Joe Biden and thus stealing the election.

    However, according to Carlson, when he reached out to Powell in earnest looking for that evidence, she became angry and failed to provide any.

    “She never sent us any evidence, despite a lot of requests — polite requests. Not a page. When we kept pressing, she got angry and told us to stop contacting her,” Carlson alleged. “When we checked with others around the Trump campaign, people in positions of authority, they also told us Powell has never given them any evidence, either.”

    “Powell did say that electronic voting is dangerous, and she’s right, but she never demonstrated that a single actual vote was moved illegitimately by software from one candidate to another. Not one,” Carlson added.

    During the Thursday afternoon press conference, Powell suggested that George Soros along with other communist influencers around the world interfered in the U.S. election through weaknesses in Dominion Voting Systems software.

    She went on to describe how “one very strong witness” told the Trump legal team how the voting software that was used in several battleground states has technological vulnerabilities, such as “backdoors that can be hooked up to the internet or a thumb drive stuck in it.”

    In response to Carlson’s public criticism, Powell told the Washington Examiner’s Anthony Leonardi, “Apparently Mr. Carlson missed the news conference today,” adding, “I would continue to encourage him and all journalists to review all the materials we have provided so far and conduct their own investigations.”

    “Evidence continues to pour in, but a 5-minute television hit is not my focus now. Collecting evidence and preparing the case are my top priorities,” she continued.

    Later, speaking with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, Powell claimed that when Carlson reached out to her, she sent him an affidavit and offered another witness to appear on his show.

    “No, I didn’t get angry with the request to provide evidence,” Powell insisted. “In fact, I sent an affidavit to Tucker that I had not even attached to a pleading yet to help him understand the situation, and I offered him another witness who could explain the mathematics and the statistical evidence far better than I can. I’m not really a numbers person.”

    “But he was very insulting, demanding, and rude, and I told him not to contact me again, in those terms,” Powell said.

    President Trump’s legal team argued Thursday that their press conference amounted to an opening statement of their allegations and that the evidence they will demonstrate in court will be sufficient to overturn the election.

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    Kyle Rittenhouse doesn’t regret bringing a gun to Kenosha riots: ‘I would’ve died that night if I didn’t’

    In his first public interview since being arrested, Kyle Rittenhouse — the 17-year-old charged with fatally shooting two people and injuring a third during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August — told the Washington Post that he doesn’t regret bringing a firearm to the riots.

    “No I don’t regret it. I feel I had to protect myself,” he said, speaking on the phone from the juvenile detention center where he is currently being held. “I would have died that night if I didn’t.”

    “I was going into a place where people had guns, and God forbid somebody brought a gun to me and decided to shoot me … I wanted to be protected, which, I ended up having to protect myself,” Rittenhouse added.

    During the interview, the Post also learned that Rittenhouse, who was too young to purchase a firearm himself, had arranged for an adult friend to buy it with government stimulus money Rittenhouse had received.

    Rittenhouse has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide for his actions the night of August 25, which led to the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and the injury of Gaige Grosskreutz. If convicted, he will serve a mandatory life sentence in prison.

    But he explained to the news outlet that he was not in Kenosha that night to commit violence. He described to interviewers how he was hoping to protect a local business against violence and help injured people receive medical assistance.

    The night of the incidents, Rittenhouse appeared on video saying, “our job is protect this business … and part of my job is to also help people.”

    “If there’s somebody hurt, I’m running into harm’s way and that’s why I have my rifle,” he continued, “to protect myself obviously.”

    When asked by the Post how he had thought the evening would unfold, Rittenhouse similarly said he expected that he would just be “watching over the business and providing first aid for minor injuries to people.”

    Attorneys for the teenager have claimed their client acted in self-defense during the altercations that night, arguing that he was the one being chased down and attacked in each event. They even pointed out that the criminal complaint outlining homicide charges against Rittenhouse appear to read as if he acted in self-defense.

    In a statement in August, Rittenhouse’s legal team stated, “Kyle did nothing wrong. He exercised his God-given, Constitutional, common law and statutory law right to self-defense.”

    Videos that have surfaced and circulated on social media from that night appear to back their claims. However, it will be a jury that will ultimately decide Rittenhouse’s fate.

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    CDC issues official advisory against traveling for Thanksgiving as COVID-19 cases surge

    As coronavirus cases spike across much of the country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its holiday guidelines recommending that people refrain from traveling for Thanksgiving and wear masks around the dinner table.

    “Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19,” the agency says on its website. “Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.”

    Instead, Americans should “consider making other plans, such as hosting a virtual gathering or delaying your travel.”

    For those not traveling but still planning to attend a gathering, health officials recommend that it be with only members of their immediate household — or those who have been living together already for at least two weeks.

    If gathering with individuals outside one’s household, the CDC advises wearing a mask and maintaining six feet of distance away from others.

    “Always wear a mask in public settings, when using public transportation, and when around people who you don’t live with,
    the guidance continues. “Wear a mask and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.”

    During a news conference on Thursday, Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, relayed a grim warning for those who may ignore the warnings and decide to travel.

    “The tragedy that could happen is that one of your family members, from coming together in this family gathering actually could end up being hospitalized and severely ill and die,” he said. “CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period.”

    Health officials at the agency also urged families of college students who are returning home for the holiday to be extra cautious because they’ll be gathering with people outside of their normal communities.

    The updated guidance comes as COVID-19 cases and deaths are on the rise in the country. As of Wednesday evening, the virus’ death toll in America officially surpassed 250,000. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. saw its highest daily death toll in more than six months, with at least 1,707 fatalities being reported on Tuesday.

    “We’re alarmed,” Walke added in the news conference. “COVID-19 is turning out to be quite a formidable foe.”