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San Francisco concocts plan to send HS seniors to school for one day to obtain millions in state funds: ‘Blatant money grab’

The San Francisco Unified School District is being accused of a “blatant money grab” after concocting a plan to have high school students briefly return to in-person school in order to nab millions in state reopening funds.

What are the details?

The San Francisco teachers’ union recently announced that high school seniors would get to return to in-person school starting this Friday.

The union described the development as “exciting news,” and union President Susan Solomon told the San Francisco Chronicle the return would allow seniors to spend time with friends and teachers before graduation.

“UESF brought the initial proposal to SFUSD so that our current graduating seniors would have the opportunity to spend some time in-person on campus with teachers and their peers during their last few weeks of high school as they say goodbye to classmates and prepare for graduation and the next chapter of their lives,” Solomon said.

But what the teachers’ union did not say is that the return would be for one day only — and students would not even be in the classroom with their teachers.

According to Chronicle, the city school district and teachers’ union agreed to a deal that would bring the class of 2021 to school “for at least one day before the end of the school year” so that “the city’s public schools can qualify for $12 million in state reopening funds.”

To obtain the reopening funds, California law required school districts to reopen in-person instruction for elementary students and at least one entire middle or high school grade. The deadline to qualify for the funds is May 15, one day after the SFUSD and San Francisco teachers’ union suddenly agreed on an in-person return for seniors.

As part of the deal, seniors will be allowed to attend in-person at “one of two school sites,” and instead of instruction from their teachers, they will receive “in-person supervision.”

More from the Chronicle:

Each cohort of students would have two teachers or staff supervising them on campus. Activities might include “end of high school conversations,” or “college and career exploration,” district officials said, who were still working out the cohort size. Only two high school sites would be made available to seniors, meaning most who do return won’t be at their own school. As of Monday, it was unclear how many students would accept the offer, with the district polling families to see how many of the 4,000 12th graders want to return.

What was the reaction?

Decreasing the Distance, a San Francisco group advocating in-person learning, slammed the decision.

“What message does this give our kids about what they are worth and how adults take care of our vulnerable populations, including kids? Does this show them that they matter, or just that the money matters?” the group told the Chronicle. “One senior told us she wants to return, but not like this. Her reaction: ‘It’s too little too late. School’s over.'”

Meanwhile, California state Rep. Phil Ting (D) said San Francisco might not qualify for the funds because the deal is violating the spirit of the incentive, which was to promote a permanent return to in-person learning.

“It definitely doesn’t meet the spirit of the law,” Ting said. “Kids were supposed to come back in person. Kids were supposed to come back to learn.”

How is COVID in SF schools?

Despite being one of the last school districts in the country to return to some in-person learning — elementary students and some middle and high school students returned last month — in-person transmission of COVID-19 has been virtually nonexistent.

In fact, since 20,000 students and staff returned last month, there have been only 20 positive COVID cases inside San Francisco schools.

Of those, zero originated from within school buildings.

“In other words, zero cases were related to in-school transmission at SFUSD,” the city Department of Public Health said.

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Border crisis worsens: Highest number of migrants in two decades crossed into US illegally during April

Border apprehensions during the month of April reached a new 20-year record, breaking the previous record set in March.

“CBP continues to see a large influx of illegal migration along the Southwest Border,” Customs and Border Protection chief Troy Miller said.

How many migrants came in April?

CBP agents encountered 178,622 migrants attempting to enter the U.S. via the southern border last month, a 3% increase over March.

The number is more than 10 times greater than April 2020, when 17,106 migrants were caught at the southern border.

In fact, border apprehensions during President Joe Biden’s first three full months in office — February, March, and April — now exceed all total apprehensions during fiscal year 2020, the last complete fiscal year prior to Biden’s presidency.

According to CBP data, single adults constituted the majority of all migrant encounters last month. Meanwhile, CBP deported more than 111,000 adults back to Mexico under the Title 42 public health order. CBP said 62.5% of all adult encounters resulted in a Title 42 deportation.

What about unaccompanied minors?

Fortunately, encounters of unaccompanied minors dropped 12% last month from 15,918 in March to 13,962.

The CBP celebrated the fact that most unaccompanied minors who crossed the border are no longer in CBP custody, saying only 455 minors remained in the agency’s care as of Tuesday.

However, that statistic may be misleading. While the number of children in CBP custody is down significantly, many of those children remain in government care — just under a different department, the Department of Health and Human Services.

In fact, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) is accusing the Biden administration of playing a “shell game” with unaccompanied migrant children to mislead the public.

“What they’re doing now is they’re moving the kids from the Border Patrol tents over to, next door, to the HHS facility,” Cuellar said. “With all due respect, it’s all been a shell game.”

Cuellar has been one of Biden’s most vocal critics during the border crisis. Cuellar represents a congressional district on the U.S.-Mexico border, so he understands the realities of the border crisis. Cuellar has said that Biden’s immigration policies and his promises to reverse former President Donald Trump’s deterrent policies have contributed to the border crisis.

Anything else?

Mark Morgan, former acting CBP commissioner, reacted to April’s numbers by claiming the message from Biden remains the same.

“The message is clear—America’s borders are open,” Morgan said, the Daily Wire reported. “If you make it to the border as an unaccompanied minor or as part of a family unit, you will likely be released into the interior. Once that happens, the Biden administration will do nothing to remove you, as the plummeting deportation numbers from ICE make clear. In fact, the Biden administration will push to give you the greatest reward of all—American citizenship via amnesty—in response to your lawbreaking.”

Neither Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris have visited the border during the migrant crisis.

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Disney responds after leaked docs expose racial training that insists America was founded on ‘systemic racism’

The Walt Disney Corporation responded to growing controversy on Monday after recently leaked documents revealed Disney is pushing elements of critical race theory for employee training.

What is the background?

As TheBlaze reported, documents leaked to journalist Christopher F. Rufo show Disney recently introduced employees to a program called “Reimagine Tomorrow” that is allegedly centered on “diversity and inclusion.”

However, the program asks employees to complete a “white privilege checklist,” and tells employees to “pivot” from the “norm of white dominate culture” to something such as “collectivism.”

The program reportedly contains training modules on “systemic racism,” “white privilege,” “white fragility,” “white saviors,” “microaggressions,” and “anti-racism.”

Disney also claims in the program that America has a “long history of systemic racism and transphobia,” and says non-black employees should not “question or debate Black colleagues’ lived experience.”

What did Disney say?

In a statement, Disney claimed the leaked documents have been “deliberately distorted.”

However, when Rufo reported on the existence of the documents, he did not simply relay what they say — he included the documents themselves.

Here is Disney’s complete statement:

These internal documents are being deliberately distorted as reflective of company policy, when in fact their purpose was to allow diversity of thought and discussion on the incredibly complex and challenging issues of race and discrimination that we as a society and companies nationwide are facing.

The Disney brand has a long history of inclusivity, with stories that reflect acceptance and tolerance and celebrate people’s differences, as we have consistently demonstrated in such popular films as Moana, Coco, Black Panther, Soul and Raya and the Last Dragon, and as a global entertainment company we are committed to continuing to tell stories that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience.

How did Rufo respond?

Responding on Twitter, Rufo said Disney is being dishonest.

“Disney has released a statement claiming that my reporting ‘distorted’ their antiracism program. This is false. I published direct quotations, contextual screenshots, and the original source documents in their entirety. Disney is distorting the truth — and I won’t stand for it,” Rufo said.

In fact, Rufo said Disney is being hypocritical, pointing out its weird relationship with China and the fact that Disney’s executive leadership team is comprised of white men.

“Disney claims to value ‘inclusivity,’ but the company has: -Used slave and child labor in poor countries -Filmed ‘Mulan’ near Uighur concentration camps -Censored content for the CCP -Shrinked a black actor in Chinese promotional materials,” Rufo said. “The Magic Kingdom is a house of lies.”

“I challenge Disney’s executive team to walk the walk: they should complete the ‘white privilege’ checklist they provided to employees and share the results publicly,” he continued. “Otherwise, they’re fake antiracists, using buzzwords to deflect attention from their moral transgressions.”

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Top female Republican senator defends Rep. Liz Cheney, says she is victim of ‘cancel culture’

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa) spoke out Monday against the effort to remove Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from Republican Party House leadership, denouncing the campaign as “cancel culture.”

Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, has faced intense scrutiny from her Republican colleagues for being a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump.

Cheney voted to impeach Trump in January following the deadly U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6. Cheney has also requested accountability for Republicans who supported Trump’s attempts to undermine the election results.

What did Ernst say?

Not only did Ernst allege Cheney is a victim of “cancel culture” by the crowd that often decries cancel culture campaigns, but she said Cheney is being silenced.

“I feel it’s OK to go ahead and express what you feel is right to express and, you know, cancel culture is cancel culture no matter how you look at it. Unfortunately, I think there are those that are trying to silence others in the party,” Ernst told reporters, the Hill reported.

Ernst’s comments are particularly significant because the Iowa senator is the only other woman in Republican Party congressional leadership. Ernst serves as vice chairwoman of the Republican Senate Conference.

Monday was not the first time Ernst defended Cheney.

Last week, Ernst said that while she disagreed with Cheney about Trump, every person — including Cheney — has the right to express their opinion without threat of reprisal.

“I appreciate President Trump and I appreciate all he has done for our country. And I think we made significant strides forward under the Trump administration, especially in our economy. But everybody has the right to express their opinion,” Ernst said, Politico reported.

“I know Liz. I appreciate Liz so much. And she feels very strongly about her stance. And again, I know many Republicans that feel very strongly about their stance: pro-Trump, not for Trump, whatever it is. But at the end of the day we have work to get done,” she added.

In fact, Ernst even suggested the internal fighting may hurt the GOP.

Speaking of House Republicans, Ernst said, “They need to evaluate: Is this helping or hurting our party?”

What is Cheney’s fate?

House Republicans will vote Wednesday on whether to remove Cheney from her leadership position as chairwoman of the House Republican conference.

Although she survived an attempt to remove her earlier this year, Cheney is almost certainly to lose this time around, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise have endorsed her ouster.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is the most likely candidate to replace Cheney.

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Top female Republican senator defends Rep. Liz Cheney, says she is victim of ‘cancel culture’

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa) spoke out Monday against the effort to remove Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from Republican Party House leadership, denouncing the campaign as “cancel culture.”

Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, has faced intense scrutiny from her Republican colleagues for being a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump.

Cheney voted to impeach Trump in January following the deadly U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6. Cheney has also requested accountability for Republicans who supported Trump’s attempts to undermine the election results.

What did Ernst say?

Not only did Ernst allege Cheney is a victim of “cancel culture” by the crowd that often decries cancel culture campaigns, but she said Cheney is being silenced.

“I feel it’s OK to go ahead and express what you feel is right to express and, you know, cancel culture is cancel culture no matter how you look at it. Unfortunately, I think there are those that are trying to silence others in the party,” Ernst told reporters, the Hill reported.

Ernst’s comments are particularly significant because the Iowa senator is the only other woman in Republican Party congressional leadership. Ernst serves as vice chairwoman of the Republican Senate Conference.

Monday was not the first time Ernst defended Cheney.

Last week, Ernst said that while she disagreed with Cheney about Trump, every person — including Cheney — has the right to express their opinion without threat of reprisal.

“I appreciate President Trump and I appreciate all he has done for our country. And I think we made significant strides forward under the Trump administration, especially in our economy. But everybody has the right to express their opinion,” Ernst said, Politico reported.

“I know Liz. I appreciate Liz so much. And she feels very strongly about her stance. And again, I know many Republicans that feel very strongly about their stance: pro-Trump, not for Trump, whatever it is. But at the end of the day we have work to get done,” she added.

In fact, Ernst even suggested the internal fighting may hurt the GOP.

Speaking of House Republicans, Ernst said, “They need to evaluate: Is this helping or hurting our party?”

What is Cheney’s fate?

House Republicans will vote Wednesday on whether to remove Cheney from her leadership position as chairwoman of the House Republican conference.

Although she survived an attempt to remove her earlier this year, Cheney is almost certainly to lose this time around, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise have endorsed her ouster.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is the most likely candidate to replace Cheney.

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Outrage erupts over Tim Tebow’s likely NFL return; critics allege racism because Colin Kaepernick not signed

Tim Tebow’s likely return to the NFL has ignited a new controversy after angry fans voiced frustration that Tebow is receiving another shot in the big leagues while Colin Kaepernick remains sidelined.

What are the details?

Multiple reports indicated that Tebow is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the coming days. Tebow, a former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, will play the tight end position.

Tebow, 33, also will reunite with coach Urban Meyer. The pair won two college football national championships while at Florida in 2006 and 2008.

“The #Jaguars are planning to sign QB-turned-TE Tim Tebow to a 1-year deal, per me and @TomPelissero, a deal that could be official in the next week or so. Nothing done yet. But he’ll have a chance to make the team to reunite with his mentor and college head coach Urban Meyer,” NFL reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted.

“Tebow hasn’t played football since the 2015 NFL preseason and has spent the past six years working as a broadcaster on the SEC Network and working on his professional baseball career,” ESPN reported.

What was the reaction?

Fans already angry that Kaepernick has gone many seasons unsigned were predictably angry that Tebow will earn yet another NFL contract despite not having played in the league since 2012.

Among the reactions included claims that Tebow was able to secure a contract because he is white and Kaepernick cannot because he is black.

  • “Tebow – Hasn’t played in the NFL since 2012. Gets another shot.
    Kaepernick – Hasn’t played since 2016. Gets nothing.
    What’s the difference? Can’t seem to put my finger on it…” one person
    said, tweeting side-by-side pictures of Tebow and Kaepernick.
  • “Tim Tebow finding a team and Colin Kaepernick can’t.
    White privilege NFL style.
    Tebow can’t throw, never could, never played TE, and hasn’t played in ..what …8 years?
    Explain it to me like I’m 5,” another person
    claimed.
  • “There’s no way you can tell me that Tim Tebow deserves to be on a team as an unproven tight end who hasn’t played in 9 years more than Colin Kaepernick. There’s just no way that’s gonna make sense,” another person reacted.
  • “::laughs in Colin Kaepernick::,” Jemele Hill said.
  • “Tim Tebow hasn’t played football in 6 years and will be 34 heading into training camp and he just signed with the Jags. From here on out, I don’t ever want to hear another word about how Colin Kaepernick isn’t good enough for another shot in the NFL,” one person said.
  • “Interesting how the same people that are praising Tim Tebow for his values outside of football, see Colin Kaepernick’s values as a distraction,” another person reacted.
  • “But no one will sign Colin Kaepernick because hE hASn’T pLayEd in ForEvER and He woUlD bE a DiSTracTioN,” another person mocked.

Tebow, of course, is not guaranteed a starting spot, nor is he guaranteed a spot on the Jaguar’s 53-man regular season roster. Tebow will have to earn his spot on the team during training camp and preseason games.

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China’s greenhouse gas emissions exceed every developed nation combined, researchers say

China produces more greenhouse gas emissions than any other developed nation in the world combined, according to new data.

What are the details?

Despite climate change alarmists who claim the U.S. has a problem with greenhouse gas emissions, a new report from the Rhodium Group exposes China as the world’s overwhelming leader of greenhouse gas emissions.

Researchers said China was responsible for 27% of all greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, nearly three times the amount emitted by the United States and more than the entire developed world combined.

The U.S. contributed 11%, while India and the European Union were each over 6%.

Shockingly, China’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 have more than tripled since 1990, according to the Rhodium Group, when “China’s emissions were less than a quarter of developed country emissions.”

China’s per capita emissions have also skyrocketed, according to Rhodium Group — but still significantly trail the U.S.

“China’s 2019 per capita emissions reached 10.1 tons, nearly tripling over the past two decades. This comes in just below avg levels across the [Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development] bloc (10.5 tons), but still significantly lower than the US, which has the highest per capita emissions at 17.6 tons,” the group tweeted.

The research group appeared to soften China’s massive greenhouse gas output by explaining China is responsible for relatively less emissions than other developed countries that industrialized prior to China.

“China’s history as a major emitter is relatively short compared to developed countries, many of which had more than a century head start. A large share of the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere each year hangs around for hundreds of years. As a result, current global warming is the result of emissions from both the recent and more distant past. Since 1750, members of the OECD bloc have emitted four times more CO2 on a cumulative basis than China,” the group wrote.

What about 2020?

Preliminary data from 2020 show that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, greenhouse gas emissions continued to rise in China.

“Based on preliminary economic and energy data, we estimate that total GHG emissions in China increased 1.7% in 2020, reaching 14,400 million metric tons (MMt) of CO2e,” the Rhodium Group said.

“To put that figure in context, we estimate that is the equivalent of the total annual emissions of nearly 180 of the world’s lowest-emitting countries combined,” researchers explained.

Despite the massive amount of emissions, China signed the Paris climate agreement and Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to make China carbon neutral by 2060.

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Dave Chappelle punches back at woke culture angry over Elon Musk hosting ‘SNL’: ‘No one can be woke enough’

Comedian Dave Chappelle blasted woke culture and the cast of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” in a recent podcast for being outraged over Elon Musk being tapped to host the comedy show.

What is the background?

While it was not immediately clear why some “SNL” writers and cast members did not want Musk to host the show, Page Six reported that NBC executives would not force triggered cast members to appear alongside Musk — giving them a safe space, if you will.

“Speaking historically, if a cast member has been that unhappy, they don’t have to do it,” a source told Page Six. “[‘SNL’ boss Lorne Michaels] won’t ever make them do anything they don’t want to do.”

What did Chappelle say?

Speaking with Joe Rogan about the cast’s outrage over Musk, the legendary comedian said “no one can be woke enough.”

“I’m torn, because I like a warrior for a good cause, but I’m really into tactics. You’re not gonna nag people into behaving in a way — in fact, if you continue with this tone, even if you’re right, you’ll be very hard to hear,” Chappelle said.

Rogan agreed, “No one is woke enough.”

Both Chappelle and Rogan expressed confusion over why the “SNL” cast was upset about Musk, suggesting it was because he is the world’s richest man or that he analyzed the COVID-19 pandemic from a factual, not emotional, perspective.

Rogan theorized the real problem with woke culture is intolerance.

“I think the people that are complaining that he’s gonna be on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ I think what’s going on now is they want someone to be 100% compliant to whatever ideology they’re a part of — and any deviation from that is problematic,” Rogan said.


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Anything else?

Chappelle was targeted by the woke crowd in 2019 following the release of his Netflix comedy special “Sticks & Stones,” in which he mocked the left’s politically correct agenda.

But Chappelle mocked critics and made it clear he would not acquiesce to the left’s demands.

“Political correctness has its place. We all want to live in a polite society, we just have to kind of work on the levels of coming to agreement of what that actually looks like,” Chappelle said. “I, personally, am not afraid of other people’s freedom of expression. I don’t use it as a weapon. It just makes me feel better. And I’m sorry if I hurt anybody. Etc., etc. Yada, yada, yada. Everything I’m supposed to say.”

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Anti-Trump GOP congressman compares Republican Party to sinking Titanic, calls out McCarthy

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) on Sunday compared the current state of the Republican Party to the Titanic, the British ship that infamously sank in 1912.

Kinzinger is a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump and was one of the few Republicans who called for Trump to be removed from office after the deadly Capitol riot on Jan. 6. Kinzinger later voted to impeach Trump.

What did he say?

Speaking on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” Kinzinger denounced the internal fight over Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, who is facing a campaign to be unseated from GOP leadership for criticizing Trump and supporting Trump’s second impeachment.

“Right now, it’s basically the Titanic. We’re like, you know, in the middle of this slow sink. We have a band playing on the deck telling everybody it’s fine. And meanwhile, as I’ve said, you know, Donald Trump’s running around trying to find women’s clothing and get on the first lifeboat,” Kinzger said.

“And I think there’s a few of us that are just saying, ‘Guys, this is not good,’ not just for the future of the party, but this is not good for the future of this country,” he added.

The problem, Kinzinger explained, is the Republican Party has refused “to have an internal look and a full accounting as to what led to Jan. 6.”

“We’re four months after Jan. 6, an insurrection, something that was unthinkable in this country. And the message from the people that want to get rid of Liz Cheney is to say, ‘It’s just time to focus on the future and move on,’ like this was 10 years ago and we’ve been obsessed about it since. It’s been four months,” Kinzinger said.

“And we have so many people, including our leadership in the party, that has not admitted that this is what it is, which was an insurrection led by the president of the United States, well deserving of a full accounting from Republicans,” he continued.

Anything else?

Earlier in the interview, Kinzinger addressed House Minority Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who has now voiced support for removing Cheney from House GOP leadership.

Kinzinger essentially called McCarthy a hypocrite.

“It’s incredible,” Kinzinger said. “Liz Cheney is saying exactly what Kevin McCarthy said the day of the insurrection. She’s just consistently been saying it. And a few weeks later, Kevin McCarthy changed to attacking other people.”

Over the weekend, McCarthy officially endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) to replace Cheney as the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference. McCarthy claimed Cheney must be removed for the sake of party unity.

“We want to be united in looking, moving forward,” he said.

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Baltimore’s Dem prosecutor demands FCC punish Fox-affiliate over unfavorable coverage: ‘Heinous acts’

The office of Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby filed a complaint with federal regulators last week asking the government to intervene over press coverage that is not favorable toward Mosby.

What are the details?

In a letter sent to the Federal Communications Commission, Mosby’s office claimed WBFF-TV, the Baltimore Fox-affiliate, is guilty of committing “heinous acts and deliberately dangerous activities” by publishing negative stories about Mosby.

Zy Richardson, communications director for Mosby’s office, called the coverage “extremely dangerous.”

In my capacity at the States Attorney’s Office, I have noted that the news coverage of the WBFF persistently follows a disconcerting and dangerous pattern: beginning with a slanted, rigged, misleading, or inflammatory headline; followed by a conspiracy theory; and supported with guest commentary from disgruntled ex-employees or political opponents that lend false credibility to their biased coverage or omission of facts.

Most disturbingly, there appears to be an intentional crusade against
State’s Attorney Mosby, which given today’s politically charged and divisive environment, is extremely dangerous.

The letter goes on to complain that WBFF reports on Mosby more than other local Baltimore news stations, and then took shots at Fox News and Tucker Carlson.

In the public sphere, Fox News is infamous for its bias against people of color, and even more against those who could be deemed ‘progressive’ people of color. Currently, the Fox national news network airs a nightly show with Tucker Carlson, despite recent calls by civil rights groups to terminate his employment because of Carlson’s frequent endorsements of white supremacy views,” the letter states.

The letter cites six stories as evidence of “distorted coverage.” The stories report on Mosby’s policies, crime, and “dark money.”

Richardson claimed the WBFF’s overall news coverage is a “megaphone that amplifies, encourages, and provides fodder for racists,” and claimed Mosby’s office respects the First Amendment, but said that WBFF’s stories have a “stench of racism.”

“We welcome being held accountable, and we support First Amendment freedom of speech. However, what we find troubling, abhorrent, and outright dangerous, is that the distinctly relentless slanted broadcast news campaign, against the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office and its lead prosecutor, has the stench of racism,” the letter states.

Richardson concluded the letter by claiming if WBFF is “not curtailed and ceased,” then “someone is going to get hurt.”

“I implore and encourage you, Madame Chairwoman [Jessica Rosenworcel] and Commissioners, to enlist the full investigative and enforcement powers granted to you by the Federal government to take action against the WBFF as soon as possible,” Richardson wrote.

What was the response?

Billy Robbins, vice president and general manager of WBFF, said the news station stands by its coverage.

“WBFF is committed to journalism in the public interest with its award-winning investigative unit being a key part of delivering on that commitment,” Robbins said. “While we understand that it’s not popular with the individuals and institutions upon which we are shining a light, we stand by our reporting.”

Richard Vatz, who taught media criticism at Towson University, told WBFF the letter “is one of the clearest, most despicable examples of intimidation.”

“It’s clearly an abuse of power,” Vatz said.

The Media Institute, a nonpartisan First Amendment advocacy organization, similarly denounced the letter.

“This matter is especially egregious because the television station holds a broadcast license issued by the FCC. It is obvious that freedom of the press would cease to be a reality for local broadcasters if every government official who received coverage perceived as unfavorable exerted a chilling effect on local TV news coverage by calling for an FCC investigation that could (if even remotely) imperil a station’s broadcast license,” the group said in a statement.

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Fauci: America can be ‘close’ to normal by next Mother’s Day — but there are ‘conditions’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, is moving the goal posts once again.

Fauci claimed Sunday that Americans can expect life to be “close” to normal by Mother’s Day 2022, but admitted there are “conditions” on a return to normalcy.

What are the details?

During an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos asked Fauci what life in America will be like on Mother’s Day next year.

“Well, George, I hope that next Mother’s Day we’re going to see a dramatic difference than what we’re seeing right now,” Fauci said. “I believe that we will be about as close to back to normal as we can.”

However, Fauci stipulated there are “conditions to that.”

“We’ve got to make sure that we get the overwhelming proportion of the population vaccinated,” Fauci said. “When that happens, the virus doesn’t really have any place to go. There aren’t a lot of vulnerable people around. And where there are not a lot of vulnerable people around, you’re not going to see a surge. You’re not going to see the kinds of numbers we see now.”

“That being the case, I think we can approach what we use to remember as normal before all of this tragedy happened,” he added.

What did Fauci say before?

Last December, Fauci predicted Americans could expect normalcy by June. Then he said normality would return by fall. Fauci also said normalcy would return by the end of 2021.

Just last weekend, Fauci told CNN host Wolf Blitzer that America is in “the bottom of the sixth [inning],” meaning he believes America is only two-thirds of the way through the pandemic.

Anything else?

Shockingly, Fauci admitted Sunday that Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, was right when he said governments should immediately begin considering lifting mask mandates.

“Yes, we do need to start being more liberal as we get more people vaccinated,” Fauci said. “As you get more people vaccinated, the number of cases per day will absolutely go down. We’re averaging about 43,000 a day. We’ve got to get it much, much lower than that. When that gets lower, the risk of any infection indoor or outdoor diminishes dramatically.”

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Cuomo investigation expanded to include top adviser who may have linked vaccines to political support for Cuomo: report

New York investigators have reportedly expanded their investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to include whether a top COVID-19 adviser tied vaccine access to political support for the scandal-embattled governor.

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) opened an investigation into Cuomo earlier this year after numerous women came forward with sexual harassment allegations. The scandal boiled over just Cuomo was taking heat from federal officials over his COVID-related nursing home scandal. The U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York is handing the nursing home investigation.

Cuomo is also being investigated over allegations “misused state resources to write and promote his pandemic book” about the pandemic, NBC News reported.

What are the details?

According to the Wall Street Journal, investigators have questioned at least three Democratic county executives “who said they were surprised to receive calls from Larry Schwartz,” Cuomo’s COVID vaccine czar who abruptly resigned from his position as a “volunteer adviser” last month.

More from Wall Street Journal:

Mr. Schwartz contacted more than a half-dozen executives in early March, executives said, as Mr. Cuomo faced mounting calls for his resignation from members of his own political party and was personally contacting state lawmakers to shore up support.

The executives said that at the time of Mr. Schwartz’s calls they were typically speaking with him about the allocation of vaccine supplies, not politics. Mr. Schwartz has said he didn’t link vaccine distribution to political considerations. On Friday, he referred questions to his lawyer, Guy Petrillo, who declined to comment.

At least one of the county executives filed a complaint with the state’s attorney general’s office after fielding a call from Schwartz, the Journal reported.

“Right at the time that every county was working, and desperately needed more vaccines, to receive a call from the person who was responsible for allocating those doses gauging political loyalty to the governor was an obvious conflict, and at best ethically gray,” one county executive told the Journal.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (D), meanwhile, told the Journal he did not feel Schwartz tried to pressure him into supporting Cuomo.

Why did Schwartz step down?

According to the New York Post, Schwartz stepped down after the New York State Legislature repealed a controversial rule that allowed some individuals to serve as volunteer officials during the pandemic.

The rule change, according to the New York Times, meant Schwartz would have been “treated as a public officer following the legislative changes, which would have required him to file financial disclosure forms and be subject to a two-year lobbying ban after his service to the state.”

Numerous staffers have resigned from Cuomo’s office in recent months as investigators continue their investigations into Cuomo. “Those include aides Max Orenstein, Laura Edidin, Christopher O’Brien, Caitlin Girouard, Eric Hammond, Will Burns, Kumiki Gibson and Gareth Rhodes. Most recently, Cuomo spokesman Jack Sterne left in mid-April, a year into serving in the communications department,” the Post reported.

Cuomo’s communications director, Peter Ajemian, is the latest to leave. His last day was Friday.

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VIDEO: Angry motorist confronts BLM protesters blocking busy intersection as police officer does nothing

Video of a Texas motorist confronting protesters blocking a busy intersection has gone viral. The video shows a police officer seemingly permit the protesters to block traffic from flowing through the intersection.

What happened?

The video shows a large man storming through backed up traffic to confront Black Lives Matter protesters blocking a busy intersection in Plano, Texas. The incident reportedly took place last Sunday, the Dallas Observer reported.

“Get the f*** out of my way!” the man screamed. “Where’s the godd*** cop?” He then found a cop standing by the intersection, who was seemingly allowing the protesters to block traffic.

“Get these f***ing people out of the way!” the man screamed at the cop. “They can’t be standing in the middle of the road!”

The protesters then swarmed the man as he squared up to fight. One of the demonstrators, attorney Lee Merritt, attempted to intervene to de-escalate the situation, the Observer reported. As tensions quickly rose, the officer escorted the angered motorist away from the protesters and back toward his car. The video did not show the police officer clear protesters from the intersection.

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What are the details?

According to the Dallas Observer, protesters were demonstrating after 26-year-old Marvin Scott III died while in police custody in March. Seven of the eight police officers allegedly involved in Scott’s death, which was ruled a homicide, were fired, while the eighth officer has since resigned.

Hava Johnston, who was involved in the protest, said demonstrators were making their way to a nearby Chick-fil-A when they crossed through the intersection and blocked traffic.

Johnston told the Observer the enraged motorist should have been arrested for his actions, claiming a black man would have been.

“The question is: Why wasn’t that guy treated the same way that a person of color would have been treated?” she said.

The Plano Police Department has not publicly addressed the incident.

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NASA slams Chinese space officials after massive rocket unpredictably plunged to Earth

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson spoke out against China late Saturday as the world anxiously waited for a free-falling Chinese rocket to crash back to Earth.

What are the details?

As TheBlaze reported, China launched a massive rocket on April 29 to begin building its Tiangong Space Station. The Long March 5B spacecraft was comprised of one core module and four rocket boosters.

One of those boosters — which was approximately 10 stories tall and weighed 23 tons — was due for reentry on Saturday. Falling rocket boosters is common in the space business. But what was uncommon about this booster reentry was that Chinese aerospace officials had no idea when or where the rocket would land, placing a huge swath of the world on high alert.

What did NASA say?

Nelson released a statement declaring Chinese space operations irresponsible.

“Spacefaring nations must minimize the risks to people and property on Earth of re-entries of space objects and maximize transparency regarding those operations,” Nelson said. “It is clear that China is failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris.”

“It is critical that China and all spacefaring nations and commercial entities act responsibly and transparently in space to ensure the safety, stability, security, and long-term sustainability of outer space activities,” he added.

Where did the rocket land?

The rocket debris landed in the Indian Ocean west of the Maldives archipelago, according to Chinese state media. Reentry officially happened Sunday at 10:24 a.m. Beijing time, or at 10:24 p.m. EST.

Chinese media claimed “the vast majority of items were burned beyond recognition during the reentry process.”

However, according to the Associated Press, “People in Jordan, Oman and Saudi Arabia reported sightings of the Chinese rocket debris on social media, with scores of users posting footage of the debris piercing the early dawn skies over the Middle East.”

More from the AP:

The roughly 30-meter (100-foot) long rocket stage is among the biggest space debris to fall to Earth. China’s space program, with its close military links, hasn’t said why it put the main component of the rocket into space rather than allowing it to fall back to earth soon after discharging its payload, as is usual in such operations.

Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell agreed Chinese officials were “reckless” with their rocket.

“An ocean reentry was always statistically the most likely. It appears China won its gamble (unless we get news of debris in the Maldives). But it was still reckless,” McDowell said late Saturday.

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Biden’s energy secretary blames COVID-19 for soaring gas prices, but oil industry expert points at Biden

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is blaming the pandemic for soaring gas prices.

Since President Joe Biden took office on Jan. 20, the national average gas price has soared more than 50 cents. As of Friday, it stood at nearly $3 per gallon — $2.96. The average was $2.38 per gallon when Biden took office, and $2.11 per gallon on Election Day last year.

What did Granholm say?

CNN anchor Jake Tapper confronted Granholm on Friday about skyrocketing gas prices, asking the former Michigan Democratic governor whether high energy prices will slow down the post-pandemic economic recovery.

“Beyond whether or not you think your policies are to blame, are you worried that the prices could impact whether or not Americans travel, which is, of course, needed to put money back into the economy?” Tapper asked.

In response, Granholm suggested an out-of-control COVID-19 virus is to blame for higher prices at the pump.

“People need to travel, you’re right, but we need to get the virus under control first, we need to get to that 70%, we need to get to herd immunity,” Granholm replied.

“Why have gas prices gone up? Could that be because of the virus itself as well? Everything is tied together,” she added. “So I just want to say, this administration is totally focused on getting this virus under control, which means the economy will get under control, and then investing in the nation so that we can go big on America.”


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Ironically, Granholm’s remark about herd immunity comes after the New York Times published a story suggesting herd immunity in the U.S. is no longer probable.

What’s to blame?

While typical culprits such as refinery maintenance and converting to summertime blends are partly to blame for the surge in gas prices, oil expert David Blackmon recently explained in Forbes the Biden administration’s policies are also a major contributor.

“Since last November 3, the average price per gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. has skyrocketed by 75 cents. The markets clearly see the Biden/Harris administration as one that will work to inhibit U.S. oil production, which will also have the effect of tightening the global market, and traders have responded by driving up the price of crude oil,” Blackmon wrote.

He explained:

President Biden’s Day 1 executive orders to cancel the cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and suspend the program for oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters were just initial shots across the bow. His order to raise the estimate for the “social cost of carbon” by over 700% will inevitably result in regulatory actions that will raise the cost of producing oil in the U.S., as will the coming effort by the Biden EPA to convince the courts to allow it to regulate carbon as a “criteria pollutant,” a topic I’ll address in more detail in the coming days.

All of these actions and more to come will increase the costs of not just oil and gasoline, but all forms of non-renewable energy for consumers, will make the country increasingly reliant on foreign oil imports and thus will render the country less energy secure than before. These outcomes are entirely predictable and are in fact features of the Biden/Harris plan, which is in part designed to make EVs and renewables more competitive by raising the cost of fossil fuels and other more traditional forms of energy. That’s not a value judgement: it’s just reality.

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Former FDA chief says now is the time to begin lifting mask mandates: ‘As aggressively as we put them in’

Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said this week that indoor mask mandates should begin to be lifted immediately, saying vaccine efficacy means the government should relax pandemic-related restrictions.

In fact, Gottlieb said Thursday that if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not begin encouraging the lifting of mask mandates, they will quickly lose credibility.

“I think we should start lifting these restrictions as aggressively as we put them in,” Gottlieb told CNBC host Shepard Smith.

“We need to preserve the credibility of public health officials to perhaps reimplement some of these provisions as we get into next winter, if we do start seeing outbreaks again,” he continued. “And the only way to earn public credibility is to demonstrate you’re willing to relax these provisions when the situation improves. That’s what gives you the credibility to implement them when things worsen.”

Overall, Gottlieb predicted the COVID-19 situation in the U.S. will only continue to improve, yet another reason to relax or rescind mask mandates.

“Even if vaccination rates are slowing, we’re still going to continue to chip away at getting more people vaccinated,” he said, “but I think that these gains are locked in, and the summer looks very good.”

What is the CDC saying?

The CDC, under President Joe Biden’s leadership, does not agree with Gottlieb.

Despite finally updating mask guidance allowing fully vaccinated individuals to go outside without wearing a face mask under most circumstances, the CDC still says all people, regardless of their vaccine status, should wear a mask indoors.

Surprisingly, as vaccination rates slow because the people most enthusiastic about vaccines have already received their shots, the CDC and other public health officials who were aggressive with restrictions are not using mask mandate rescission as an incentive for more people to get vaccinated.

However, polling data suggest such incentives would work.

In one recent study, researchers discovered an overall increase of 13% in vaccine eagerness if it meant mask mandates become a thing of the past.

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Twitter accused of pushing Soviet-style spin after targeting Donald Trump Jr.’s anti-Biden tweet

Twitter was compared to Pravda, the Soviet Union’s propaganda newspaper, on Friday after spinning a tweet from Donald Trump Jr.

What did Trump Jr. say?

Trump Jr. responded on Friday to Democrats who keep comparing President Joe Biden to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Democrat who was elected president four times.

Liberals like Jonathan Alter, for example, cite Biden’s COVID-19 response and Biden’s aggressive push to expand the role of government with ambitious multi-trillion dollar legislative packages. “Whatever the future holds, Mr. Biden and Mr. Roosevelt are now fused in history by the size and breadth of their progressive ambitions,” Alter recently wrote in the New York Times.

According to Trump Jr., Biden is no FDR.

“Biden isn’t the next FDR he’s the next Jimmy Carter,” Trump Jr. tweeted.

The comparison was made after April’s jobs report showed just 266,000 jobs were added last month, falling way short of the 1 million that experts predicted. The dismal showing resulted in the unemployment rate going up.

As TheBlaze reported, unemployment levels remain about 8 million jobs short of pre-pandemic levels, but not because of a lack of available jobs. Despite “now hiring” signs being peppered on businesses across the nation, businesses are having difficulty finding enough workers because many of those left unemployed by the pandemic are making more money on enhanced unemployment than they would at work.

What did Twitter do?

In response, Twitter claimed people were “confused” by Trump Jr.’s tweet.

“People are confused by a Tweet from Donald Trump Jr, saying that President Biden ‘isn’t the next FDR he’s the next Jimmy Carter,’ given that former president Carter is a Nobel Peace Prize winner whose humanitarian record is largely respected,” Twitter wrote in its “trending” section.

Trump Jr. then explained exactly what his tweet meant — as if anyone did not already understand the implied meaning.

“Anyone who is supposedly ‘confused,’ by my below tweet should probably read the awful Biden job report out today, then take a peek at the rising prices of raw materials that we’re seeing and then finally google ‘Jimmy Carter inflation’….Things will make a lot more sense to you!” Trump Jr. explained.

What was the response?

Twitter was accused of spreading propaganda.

“Twitter’s editorial voice is basically late Soviet if Pravda were run by concern trolls,” New York Times writer Ross Douthat said.

“This is the way @Twitter works. And the propagandists in DC are just as bad,” Richard Grenell reacted.

“What has Twitter become? It obviously wants to play a very active partisan role,” political scientist Max Abrahms said.

“95% of people know exactly what it means to compare a president to Jimmy Carter and the other 5% are playing dumb,” Frank Fleming, a Babylon Bee writer, said.

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Legendary rocker Roger Daltrey blasts woke culture: ‘Miserable world they’re going to create’

Legendary rock music singer Roger Daltrey, frontman for The Who, slammed the “woke generation” recently, blasting woke culture and its impact on society.

What are the details?

Speaking in an interview with DJ Zane Lowe on Apple Music in late April, Daltrey expressed gratitude for having lived through the “golden era,” rebuking the relativity of truth and slamming those who advocate socialism and communism.

“It’s just getting harder to disseminate the truth,” Daltrey said. “It’s almost like, now we should turn the whole thing off. Go back to newsprint, go back to word of mouth, and start to read books again.”

“It’s becoming so absurd now with AI, all the tricks it can do, and the woke generation,” he continued. “It’s terrifying, the miserable world they’re going to create for themselves. I mean, anyone who’s lived a life and you see what they’re doing, you just know that it’s a route to nowhere. Especially when you’ve lived through the periods of a life that we’ve had the privilege to.”

“We’ve had the golden era. There’s no doubt about that,” Daltrey explained. “We came out of a war, we came out of a leveled society, completely flattened bomb sites and everything. And we’ve been through socialist governments. We’ve seen the communist system fail in the Soviet Union. I’ve been in those communist countries while they were communist. I’ve seen how ‘wonderful’ — really? — it was.”


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The interview was not the first time Daltrey has spoken out against the progressive agenda.

In 2013, Daltrey slammed the British Labour Party for its liberal immigration policy.

“I will never, ever forgive the Labour Party for allowing this mass immigration with no demands put on what people should be paid when they come to this country. I will never forgive them for destroying the jobs of my mates, because they allowed their jobs to be undercut with stupid thinking on Europe, letting them all in, so they can live 10 to a room, working for Polish wages,” Daltrey said.

Daltrey even weighed in on the 2016 U.S. presidential election, saying “a dead dog” would have won against Hillary Clinton.

In 2018, Daltrey spoke out against the #MeToo movement, saying, “I find this whole thing so obnoxious. It’s always allegations and it’s just salacious crap.”

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Oklahoma officially bans critical race theory from public schools, law targets far-left’s social agenda

Oklahoma has officially banned critical race theory from being taught in state schools.

Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) signed a bill on Friday that prohibits Oklahoma teachers and administrators from teaching certain “critical race theories,” according to KOCO-TV.

What are the details?

HB 1775 targets discriminatory teaching on race and sex, barring Oklahoma school districts from adopting curriculum that promulgates ideas from what is being described as critical race theory.

Critical race theory is a legal perspective that examine society through a racial lens. Advocates of critical race theory believe American society is inherently racist, and that it was, in fact, designed to perpetuate institutionalized discrimination.

Specifically, Oklahoma’s new law prohibits teaching that:

  • “One race or sex is inherently superior to another race
    or sex”
  • “An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is
    inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether
    consciously or unconsciously”
  • “An individual should be discriminated against or
    receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of
    his or her race or sex”
  • “Members of one race or sex cannot and should not
    attempt to treat others without respect to race or
    sex”
  • “An individual’s moral character is necessarily
    determined by his or her race or sex”
  • “An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex,
    bears responsibility for actions committed in the past
    by other members of the same race or sex”
  • “Any individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish
    or any other form of psychological distress on account
    of his or her race or sex”
  • “Meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are
    racist or sexist or were created by members of a
    particular race to oppress members of another race”

In a statement, Gov. Stitt said the law was necessary because public schools should foster an environment of unity, not promote ideas that divide students down racial lines.

“Now more than ever, we need policies that bring us together, not rip us apart,” Stitt said in a video. “As governor, I firmly believe that not one cent of taxpayer money should be used to define and divide young Oklahomans about their race or sex. That is what this bill upholds for public education.”

Stitt added that he “refuses to tolerate” the “labeling a young child as an ‘oppressor'” or making students feel “guilt” or “shame” because of their race.

The law takes effect on July 1.

Anything else?

As TheBlaze reported, numerous Republican-controlled state legislatures are considering enacting similar curriculum restrictions to ban critical race theory from being taught in public schools.

Idaho became the first state in the country to enact a law against critical race theory, while Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Arizona, Arkansas, Utah, and West Virginia are reportedly considering similar legislation.

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Federal judge orders release of critical DOJ memo used to clear Trump of criminal charges in Mueller probe

A federal judge has ordered the Department of Justice to release a critical legal memorandum prepared by Justice Department lawyers in 2019 that cleared then-President Donald Trump of criminal charges related to Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia collusion and Trump’s presidential campaign.

What is the background?

Then-Attorney General William Barr wrote Congress on March 24, 2019, explaining that Mueller’s investigation “did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.” Secondly, Barr explained that Mueller did not make a determination whether Trump committed obstruction of justice, but instead left that decision to Barr, who subsequently decided that Trump would not face criminal charges.

Barr told Congress he reached his conclusion “in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel and other Department lawyers.”

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonpartisan government watchdog, subsequently filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the government documents provided to Barr prior to his decision. Obtaining the documents for purposes of accountability was especially important because Mueller disputed Barr’s characterization of his investigatory findings.

“The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions,” Mueller said, in part, on March 27, 2019.

However, the DOJ refused to provide the documents, including the legal memo that Barr reviewed, arguing the memo was exempt from FOIA requests under exceptions for deliberative government decision making and attorney-client privilege.

What did the judge say?

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee, released a scathing 41-page opinion Monday rejecting the DOJ’s arguments and ordered the critical memo to be released.

Jackson released her opinion after reviewing the memo for herself, and she said it contained “strategic, as opposed to legal advice.”

In part, Jackson took issue with the fact that not prosecuting Trump “was a given” for Barr’s DOJ.

“The review of the document reveals that the Attorney General was not then engaged in making a decision about whether the President should be charged with obstruction of justice; the fact that he would not be prosecuted was a given,” Jackson wrote.

Jackson went on to write:

Not only was the Attorney General being disingenuous then, but DOJ has
been disingenuous to this Court with respect to the existence of a decision-making process that
should be shielded by the deliberative process privilege. The agency’s redactions and incomplete
explanations obfuscate the true purpose of the memorandum, and the excised portions belie the
notion that it fell to the Attorney General to make a prosecution decision or that any such decision
was on the table at any time.

In fact, Jackson discovered Barr’s letter to Congress and the legal memo from the Office of Legal Counsel were being prepared at the “same time,” all the more reason the memo should not be protected from FOIA requests.

“Since the memorandum was being written at the same time and by the same people who were drafting the Attorney General’s letter to Congress setting forth his views on the basis for a prosecution, and the record reflects that the priority was to get the letter completed first…one simply cannot credit the declarant’s statement that the Attorney General made the ‘decision’ he announced based on the advice the memo contains,” Jackson wrote.

Jackson gave the DOJ until May 17 to file a motion to stay the release of the memo.

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Coca-Cola takes ‘pause’ on woke diversity hiring requirements that allegedly violated federal law

Coca-Cola has abandoned, at least temporarily, a controversial company diversity plan that was accused of violating the Civil Rights Act.

What is the background?

Bradley Gayton, who was the general counsel for Coca-Cola, announced a new diversity plan in January that promised to punish outside law firms seeking to work with Coca-Cola.

Under Gayton’s plan, outside law firms would be required to use “diverse attorneys” for at least 30% of their billable hours with Coca-Cola, half of whom were required to be black. Firms that did not meet the diversity quota would be financially penalized.

The plan stated:

Failure to meet the commitment over two quarterly reviews will result in a non-refundable 30% reduction in the fees payable for such New Matter going forward until the commitment is met and, continued failure may result in your firm no longer being considered for KO work.

Last month, Boyden Gray, writing on behalf of the Project on Fair Representation, said the “policy of discrimination is illegal,” and demanded it be immediately revoked. Gray said the quota violated federal law that prohibits racially discriminatory hiring practices.

In fact, Gray said Coca-Cola was aware the quotas are “indefensible” because of Gayton’s sudden departure as Coca-Cola’s general counsel last month. Gayton had joined Coca-Cola less than one year ago on Sept. 1. Gayton transitioned to a consultant role, which is worth $12 million, according to Bloomberg Law.

What is the new development?

Newly hired Coca-Cola general counsel Monica Howard Douglas is reviewing Gayton’s plan, and has put the quota policy on “pause” — at least for now.

Law.com reported:

When asked about Gayton’s diversity initiative, Douglas indicated that Coca-Cola was “taking a pause for now” but would likely salvage some parts of the plan, the source said. Douglas didn’t provide any additional details about what would remain and what would be scrapped, according to the source.

“She said she … plans to use some of it, but everything is being evaluated. They plan to adopt some of his strategies and passions. Everything was, ‘More to come,'” the source added.

While the details of Gayton’s departure were not clear — nor did Douglas address it — a spokesperson for Coca-Cola said the pause is related to Douglas taking over as general counsel.

“When there is a leadership change, it takes time for the new leader to review the current status of the team, organization and initiatives,” spokesman Scott Leith told Fox Business. “Monica is fully committed to the notions of equity and diversity in the legal profession, and we fully expect she will take the time necessary to thoughtfully review any plans going forward.”

Anything else?

Coca-Cola also came under fire in February after some employees completed an online racial sensitivity training course that taught participants how to “be less white.”

At the time, Coca-Cola explained the course was not internal training curriculum, but was a publicly available LinkedIn course. Still, Coca-Cola did not clarify whether employees were forced to participate in the course.

“The video circulating on social media is from a publicly available LinkedIn Learning series and is not a focus of our company’s curriculum. Our Better Together global learning curriculum is part of a learning plan to help build an inclusive workplace. It is comprised of a number of short vignettes, each a few minutes long. The training includes access to LinkedIn Learning on a variety of topics, including on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will continue to refine this curriculum,” the company said.

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After blowback from Democrats, Biden promises to raise refugee admissions cap over 8x Trump-era limit

President Joe Biden announced Monday a fourfold increase in annual United States refugee admissions this year, capitulating to liberal critics who had criticized Biden for not increasing the cap sooner.

What is the background?

Biden took heavy fire from Democrats after he refused to increase the number of refugees the U.S. would admit this year. In fact, Biden signed an order maintaining a limit of 15,000, which was established under former President Donald Trump.

Democrats accused Biden of breaking his campaign promise to significantly increase Trump-era refugee limits.

“Completely and utterly unacceptable. Biden promised to welcome immigrants, and people voted for him based on that promise. Upholding the xenophobic and racist policies of the Trump admin, incl the historically low + plummeted refugee cap, is flat out wrong. Keep your promise,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said, “It is simply unacceptable and unconscionable that the Biden Administration is not immediately repealing Donald Trump’s harmful, xenophobic, and racist refugees cap that cruelly restricts admissions to a historically low level … President Biden has broken his promise to restore our humanity.”

What did Biden do now?

In a dramatic reversal, Biden announced Monday he was revising the annual refugee cap to 62,500 for the current fiscal year and promised to raise the limit to 125,000 for the upcoming 2022 fiscal year.

“This erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees,” Biden said.

Biden first promised to raise the cap to 62,500 in February, which made last month’s announcement even more confusing for Democrats. Contextually, however, it came as Biden was being criticized for the growing migrant crisis at the southern U.S. border.

Taking more shots at Trump, Biden revealed the impact of the admissions cap increase is immediate.

“So we are going to rebuild what has been broken and push hard to complete the rigorous screening process for those refugees already in the pipeline for admission,” Biden said.

“The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year. We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years. It will take some time, but that work is already underway,” he added. “We have reopened the program to new refugees. And by changing the regional allocations last month, we have already increased the number of refugees ready for departure to the United States.”

Anything else?

Biden has made comprehensive immigration reform a central part of his presidential plan.

On his first day in office, Biden proposed an ambitious plan that, among other things, would create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally as well as provide assistance for increased migrant integration into society.

According to the New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is exploring unique legislative avenues to enact Biden’s immigration agenda, including using the budget reconciliation process.

If permitted, the process would allow Democrats to pass immigration reform with a simple majority of 51 votes.

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After blowback from Democrats, Biden promises to raise refugee admissions cap over 8x Trump-era limit

President Joe Biden announced Monday a fourfold increase in annual United States refugee admissions this year, capitulating to liberal critics who had criticized Biden for not increasing the cap sooner.

What is the background?

Biden took heavy fire from Democrats after he refused to increase the number of refugees the U.S. would admit this year. In fact, Biden signed an order maintaining a limit of 15,000, which was established under former President Donald Trump.

Democrats accused Biden of breaking his campaign promise to significantly increase Trump-era refugee limits.

“Completely and utterly unacceptable. Biden promised to welcome immigrants, and people voted for him based on that promise. Upholding the xenophobic and racist policies of the Trump admin, incl the historically low + plummeted refugee cap, is flat out wrong. Keep your promise,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said, “It is simply unacceptable and unconscionable that the Biden Administration is not immediately repealing Donald Trump’s harmful, xenophobic, and racist refugees cap that cruelly restricts admissions to a historically low level … President Biden has broken his promise to restore our humanity.”

What did Biden do now?

In a dramatic reversal, Biden announced Monday he was revising the annual refugee cap to 62,500 for the current fiscal year and promised to raise the limit to 125,000 for the upcoming 2022 fiscal year.

“This erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees,” Biden said.

Biden first promised to raise the cap to 62,500 in February, which made last month’s announcement even more confusing for Democrats. Contextually, however, it came as Biden was being criticized for the growing migrant crisis at the southern U.S. border.

Taking more shots at Trump, Biden revealed the impact of the admissions cap increase is immediate.

“So we are going to rebuild what has been broken and push hard to complete the rigorous screening process for those refugees already in the pipeline for admission,” Biden said.

“The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year. We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years. It will take some time, but that work is already underway,” he added. “We have reopened the program to new refugees. And by changing the regional allocations last month, we have already increased the number of refugees ready for departure to the United States.”

Anything else?

Biden has made comprehensive immigration reform a central part of his presidential plan.

On his first day in office, Biden proposed an ambitious plan that, among other things, would create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally as well as provide assistance for increased migrant integration into society.

According to the New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is exploring unique legislative avenues to enact Biden’s immigration agenda, including using the budget reconciliation process.

If permitted, the process would allow Democrats to pass immigration reform with a simple majority of 51 votes.

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Chauvin juror wore BLM shirt with George Floyd references last summer. Now legal experts say it is ‘undeniably suggestive of a possible bias.’

New questions have surfaced about the impartiality of a juror who was empaneled for former police Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial last month after a picture sparked speculation that he may not have been as unbiased as he told the judge.

What are the details?

During jury selection, Brandon Mitchell — a 31-year-old high school basketball coach who was known as Juror #52 before speaking publicly last week — told Judge Peter Cahill that he only heard “basic info” about the high-profile case, and was certainly not aware of any information that would hinder his ability to serve as an impartial juror.

However, Mitchell was pictured last August wearing a T-shirt that included references to George Floyd’s death and Black Lives Matter.

The picture shows Mitchell wearing a shirt with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s picture surrounded by the words “GET YOUR KNEE OFF OUR NECKS” and “BLM.” He is also seen wearing a Black Lives Matter baseball cap.

Image source: Facebook screenshot

Mitchell told the Minneapolis Star Tribune he does not remember wearing the shirt but explained the photo was taken during a trip to Washington, D.C., last August when he attended an event commemorating the anniversary of King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

“I’d never been to D.C.,” Mitchell said. “The opportunity to go to D.C., the opportunity to be around thousands and thousands of Black people; I just thought it was a good opportunity to be a part of something.”

“It was directly related to MLK’s March on Washington from the ’60s … The date of the March on Washington is the date … It was literally called the anniversary of the March on Washington,” Mitchell explained.

More from the Star Tribune:

Media accounts of the event show it had several components, including: advocating for racial justice, increasing voter registration, pushing for a new version of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and urging participation in the 2020 census. The event also focused on police use-of-force. Floyd’s brother and sister, Philonise and Bridgett Floyd, and family members of others who have been shot by police addressed the crowd. It served as a rallying point for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a federal police reform bill.

What does this mean for the Chauvin trial?

Despite Mitchell dismissing the Washington event as “a national thing,” legal experts agree the picture is problematic.

Jury consultant Alan Tuerkheimer told the Washington Post that Chauvin’s attorney will no doubt use Mitchell to argue for an appeal. But the real question will be whether Mitchell provided false answers during jury selection, Tuerkheimer said.

As the Star-Tribune noted, Mitchell answered “no” to questions on the juror questionnaire that inquired whether he participated in demonstrations “against police brutality” in Minneapolis or whether he or anyone close to him “participated in protests about police use of force or police brutality.”

“That could change the outcome of things; if there is anything that makes him seem that he was not forthcoming, it could be an avenue for the judge to reconsider the case,” Tuerkheimer said.

Civil rights attorney Brian Dunn agreed the real concern is whether Mitchell “lied about, or failed to provide complete answers on whether he has engaged in public activism, or whether he has any affiliations with BLM that go beyond the mere wearing of the shirt.”

“If it is determined that the juror did not provide full disclosure to the defense, the question then becomes whether this lack of candor violated Mr. Chauvin’s right to a fair trial,” Dunn told the Post, adding the photo is “undeniably suggestive of a possible bias in this juror.”

“If [Mitchell] specifically was asked, ‘Have you ever participated in a Black Lives Matter demonstration,’ and he answered, ‘No,’ to that, I think that would be an important appealable issue,” Joseph Daly, emeritus professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, similarly told the Star Tribune.


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