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Missouri GOP lawmakers propose creating ‘Rush Limbaugh Day’; Democrats cry foul, call the late radio legend racist, sexist

The Republican-controlled Missouri House of Representatives voted Thursday in favor of creating “Rush Limbaugh Day” to honor the late leading voice of conservatism, the Associated Press reported.

The measure came in the form of a provision tacked onto another bill and is reportedly one of several pitched by Republican state lawmakers to honor the Cape Girardeau, Missouri, native on his birthday, Jan. 12. Approved by the House, the measure now will make its way to the state Senate for consideration.

Limbaugh, a legendary conservative radio host, passed away earlier this year after a monthslong battle with lung cancer. Prior to his death, Limbaugh spent more than 30 years hosting one of the most popular radio programs in the country, tirelessly championing conservative causes and ideas.

A towering and polarizing figure, news of Limbaugh’s death in February evoked very different responses from individuals across the political spectrum. Conservatives celebrated the radio personality’s storied life and service to the country, while liberals ghoulishly celebrated the fact that he was gone.

In much the same way, the proposal to create “Rush Limbaugh Day” in Missouri garnered starkly different responses.

Republican supporters of Limbaugh reportedly characterized him as a conservative icon worthy of the honor.

“Rush demonstrated courage to speak boldly and encouraged his listeners and viewers to reach for their dreams and to push onward beyond the naysayers and discouragers that we all encounter in life,” Republican state Rep. Sara Walsh said.

On the other hand, Democrats blasted the move, claiming that it elevated the views of someone they consider racist and sexist.

In a statement, Democratic state Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove criticized his “constant attacks on Black people and other people of color.”

She noted that that Republicans tacked the proposal onto a bill that would also honor prominent black Missourians, such as George Washington Carver and Buck O’Neil.

Democratic state Rep. Ashley Aune added: “As a victim of sexual assault myself, their decision to enshrine a person who attempted to invalidate one of the most traumatic experiences of my life and the lives of other women and men is nothing short of infuriating.”

In response to attacks, the proposal’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Hardy Billington, argued that while Limbaugh may not have been perfect, “he had been an outstanding deal” who had “done so many great things.”

Shortly before his death, former President Donald Trump awarded Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

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VIDEO: CNBC analyst so shocked by dismal jobs report numbers he had to double-check to make sure they were right

A CNBC analyst appeared to be so shocked by how grim April’s jobs report was that he needed to double-check the numbers to see if he read it correctly, video shows.

What are the details?

The Department of Labor released its official April payroll report on Friday, showing the U.S. economy added just 266,000 new jobs during the month, falling well short of forecasts that predicted the economy would add closer to one million jobs. Additionally, the unemployment rate shot up to 6.1%.

The report surprised many analysts on Wall Street who expected the economy would continue adding jobs at a steady rate as the coronavirus pandemic wanes — 536,000 new jobs were added in February and 770,000 were added in March.

Included among those caught off-guard by the anemic numbers was CNBC senior economic reporter Steve Liesman, who furiously checked his notes for different information while announcing the figure during “Squawk Box” on Friday.

“It just came across, give me a second here,” Liesman said as he apparently fumbled through notes.

“Ahh, sorry about that, it came across very quickly here,” he added in frustration before finding the report.

“It looks 266,000,” he then said defeatedly. “It looks like it was a big disappointment at 266, but maybe I have that wrong.”

“Let me double-check the [Bureau of Labor Statistics] website here,” he continued in disbelief. Finally he confirmed, “Yes, 266 is correct … so we have some issues here.”

What else?

TheBlaze reported on Friday that “one major roadblock” highlighted by the jobs report is the inability of companies to fill open positions, largely due to the “relative attractiveness of expanded federal unemployment benefits, and the inability of some parents to resume full time work because schools in many parts of the country have not fully reopened for full-time in-person learning.”

In its coverage of the news, Bloomberg noted that even with the high unemployment numbers and low job growth, the number of available jobs in the country is approaching record levels.

Shortly after the report was released, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce called for an end to the $300 a week federal unemployment benefit, which was extended in the Biden administration’s recent coronavirus relief package.

“The disappointing jobs report makes it clear that paying people not to work is dampening what should be a stronger jobs market,” said the chamber’s chief policy officer, Neal Bradley, in a statement. “We need a comprehensive approach to dealing with our workforce issues and the very real threat unfilled positions poses to our economic recovery from the pandemic.”

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Alaska teacher on leave after suggesting George Floyd would still be alive if he had complied with police

A high school teacher in Fairbanks, Alaska, has reportedly been placed on administrative leave after suggesting to students that George Floyd would still be alive today had he complied with Minneapolis police.

In a video posted to YouTube last week, a teacher identified as “Ms. Gardner” is seen and heard conducting a virtual discussion with students about several high-profile shootings that have occurred in America of late, including police-involved incidents with black Americans.

When the topic of conversation shifted to Floyd, the teacher remarked that former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin “abused his authority” and “was complicit in George Floyd’s death.”

“But,” she added, “if George Floyd had, at the beginning when they got him out of the car and went to put him in the police car, if he had just sidled into the car and slid it in there, and let them put his legs in, he would be alive today, and you know that’s true.”

Chauvin was recently convicted of murder and manslaughter for his role in Floyd’s death last May. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes during an arrest while Floyd repeatedly complained that he couldn’t breathe.

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“If the cops come and they say, ‘I’m taking you to jail,’ then you put your hands behind your back, you let them off you, you get in the cop car and you go and call your parents when they give you your phone call,” the teacher went on to say. “That’s what you do to stay alive. Everybody, white, black, brown. I don’t care what color you are. None of that makes a difference. You comply, you do what they say.”

Elsewhere in the discussion, the teacher remarks on what type of clothing to wear to avoid being perceived by police officers as “thugs.”

“Look at how you guys are dressed. You guys are dressed nicely,” she notes. “You don’t look like thugs, you don’t have your pants down around your knees.”

According to the Daily Mail, after the video surfaced, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District sent a letter to parents that the teacher had been placed on leave pending an investigation. Though officials reportedly did not disclose the teacher’s name, the outlet reported that “only one staffer with the same name: High school special education teacher Connie Gardner.”

It is unclear what initially prompted the discussion.

But at one point during the discussion, a woman identified as “Liz” claiming to be a tutor for some of the students speaks up to say she is “uncomfortable” with the conversation.

“Police should be trained to not kill people even if they don’t comply,” she said, adding they “should be trained not to judge people” based on their skin color or how they dress.

After that, the individual who is filming the video, who identified herself as a parent of one of the students and a “woman of color,” said that she doesn’t feel the teacher is able to speak on the topic because she is white.

“Some of the things that you are saying, I feel like you are very uneducated on and I don’t feel like you are able to address these things that are going on today,” she said.

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AOC? touts ‘how many lives Planned Parenthood has saved’ despite its hundreds of thousands of abortions annually

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) on Thursday ironically championed Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, as a heroic life-saving organization.

What are the details?

During a virtual House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing titled, “Birthing While Black: Examining America’s Black Maternal Health Crisis,” the progressive lawmaker passionately defended the organization, which performs hundreds of thousands of abortions annually.

“I don’t want to hear a single person on this committee or outside of this committee talk about valuing life when they continue to uphold the death penalty, when they continue to support policies that disproportionately incarcerate and lead to the deaths of black men and people throughout this country and uphold an absolutely unjust medical system that exists for profit that allows people to die because they can’t afford to live,” Ocasio-Cortez said, taking potshots at conservatives.

“If we want to talk about Planned Parenthood,” she continued, “let’s talk about how many lives Planned Parenthood has saved and how many babies have been born because of the prenatal care provided by Planned Parenthood.”

What else?

Ocasio-Cortez then revealed that she is a “Planned Parenthood baby,” presumably meaning her mother used the organization’s prenatal care services while she was pregnant with her.

“So if we are concerned about life, we don’t get to talk about anyone else who’s not concerned about the whole spectrum of that when we are upholding policies that kill people,” she concluded.

According to Planned Parenthood’s 2019-2020 annual report, the health care provider performed 354,871 abortions in the span of just one year. During the same period of time, Planned Parenthood offered only 8,626 prenatal services.

The organization lists millions of other services provided, such as contraceptive counseling, pregnancy tests, and cancer screenings, allowing it to say that abortions only amount to 3% of the services it provides.

Anything else?

In her remarks, Ocasio-Cortez was keen to bring up race and specifically the discrimination that many black Americans allegedly face in the country’s medical and criminal justice systems. However, the congresswoman conveniently made no mention of the fact that black Americans are disproportionately affected by the abortion industry.

In 2008, the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice research organization, reported that historically in the U.S., “the abortion rate for black women is almost five times that for white women.” That is, despite only accounting for 14% of the childbearing population, black women obtained 36% of reported abortions, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Frank Luntz says social media bans are Trump’s ‘own damn fault,’ predicts ‘with every passing month he’ll become less and less relevant’

Longtime Republican pollster and political strategist Frank Luntz slammed Donald Trump on Thursday, predicting his influence would quickly fade and arguing that the former president brought on the bans from various social media platforms by his own actions.

Luntz made the remarks while speaking on the New York Times podcast, “Sway,” with host Kara Swisher just minutes after Facebook’s oversight board upheld the platform’s decision to restrict Trump’s access following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

During the interview, the pollster claimed that Trump, though at the moment still influential, will never be able to affect politics in the same way given his lack of access to social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, and his displacement from the Oval Office.

“He’ll never engage in the way he did before, because he simply doesn’t have that capability,” Luntz argued. “He can’t hop on Air Force One. He cannot dominate the news coverage. He can get a sliver of it. And he will continue to do so. He’s not going away.

“That said, it just doesn’t move people the way that it used to,” he continued. “And with every passing month, he’ll become less and less relevant.”

Later in the interview, Luntz proclaimed that “Donald Trump has no one but himself to blame” regarding his indefinite removal from social media platforms.

“His behavior, his actions, his words led to all of this,” Luntz argued. “And he didn’t understand that he was actually sowing the seeds of his own destruction, of his own impeachment, by making it impossible for Republicans to govern around him. And he still doesn’t understand it. But it’s his own damn fault for the situation that he is in.”

Luntz then went even further back than the Capitol riot, all the way to the lead-up to 2020 presidential election to argue that Trump could have won back the presidency if he would’ve turned in a better first debate performance.

“And it’s his own damn fault, just in his debate performance — in that first debate performance,” he said. “Trump’s behavior at that debate was disgraceful. It was an embarrassment. And that was his behavior for so much of his presidency. He has a legitimate record to defend, a legitimate record of success. But his own demeanor ended up costing Republican seats in the House and in the Senate.”

Trump, who remains the most popular figure in the Republican Party, would almost certainly lead the field of 2024 presidential contenders should he choose to run again. Though as time goes on, there is at least some evidence that his popularity is gradually falling.

This week, in an effort to share his views and communicate with supporters amid the social media bans, the former president launched his own personal online message board.

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Two Americans sentenced to life in prison for murder of plainclothes Italian police officer

A jury in Rome, Italy, on Wednesday pronounced two American men guilty on all counts for their role in the gruesome murder of a plainclothes Italian police officer, sentencing them to life in prison, the country’s harshest punishment.

Finnegan Lee Elder, now 21, and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, now 20, former classmates of each other from the San Francisco area, were teenagers when the incident occurred in July 2019, the New York Times reported.

The two were vacationing in Rome when they allegedly got into a fight on an empty street corner with two plainclothes officers, Brigadier Cerciello Rega and Andrea Varriale. The officers were responding to a small-time drug deal gone bad involving the two Americans when they approached and were subsequently attacked.

According to the Associated Press, prosecutors alleged that Elder fatally stabbed 36-year-old Rega 11 times with a knife he had brought with him on his trip to Europe and that Natale-Hjorth proceeded to help him hide the weapon in their hotel room, located nearby.

The defense maintained that the two American teenagers were acting in self-defense during the scuffle, believing the officers to be thugs. They had allegedly attempted to buy cocaine earlier that night, but when the deal was aborted, they stole a backpack supposedly belonging to the individual who brokered the deal.

But in the end, the prosecution was able to persuade the jury that the two defendants acted with “homicidal intent.”

In all, Elder and Natale-Hjorth were charged with homicide, attempted extortion, resisting a public official, carrying an attack-style knife without just cause, and assault. The AP noted that under Italian law, an accomplice in an alleged murder can be charged with murder, as well, despite not materially carrying out the attack.

News of the attack shocked Italy in 2019, as Rega, a newlywed, was a member of the celebrated Carabinieri paramilitary police corps and was given a hero’s funeral.

“His integrity was defended,” his widow, Rosa Maria Esilio, said outside the courtroom after the verdict was read. “He was everyone’s son, everyone’s Carabiniere. He was a marvelous husband, he was a marvelous man, a servant of the state who deserves respect and honor.”

As the defendants were led out of the courtroom in handcuffs, Elder’s father reportedly called out, “Finnegan, I love you.”

The AP reported that one of Elder’s Italian lawyers, Renato Borzone, called the verdict “a disgrace for Italy,” while a lawyer for Natale-Hjorth, Fabio Alonzi, recalled that his client was “completely shocked, he kept telling me he did not understand.”

During the trial, the defendants alleged that at no point during the altercation did the two officers, wearing casual clothing, announce that they were members of the police. Rega’s partner, Varriale, claimed that they clearly announced their identities and displayed their badges.

The two Americans now face at least 21 years in Italian prison before they qualify for parole. Their lawyers have promised to appeal the verdict.

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Seattle children’s soccer league president calls cops on parents who refuse to wear masks outside, permanently bans their kids from the league: Report

The president of a Seattle-area children’s soccer league reportedly harassed and called the police on parents who refused to wear masks outdoors while watching their kids play,
the Post Millennial reported Wednesday.

What happened?

According to the news outlet, the family was stopped upon arrival at the park in King County and told by West Seattle Soccer Club League President Chip Goss that only one parent could enter with one child, despite other families reportedly entering the area together.

Goss eventually agreed to let the family enter the park on the condition that they watch the games from behind a nearby baseball diamond, away from the soccer field and other spectators.

The family agreed. But upon seeing other large family units present at the park — many of them not wearing masks — they decided to move a little closer to watch the games from inside the dugout of the baseball diamond, where no other families were present.

Goss apparently spotted the family sitting together and approached them. That’s when the exchange below ensued, resulting in Goss calling the police to intervene.

What else?

During the exchange, Goss reportedly admitted that the party-size rules he was attempting to enforce were not being followed by others. At that point he pivoted to arguing that the family’s failure to wear masks was the issue.

Mask-wearing does not appear to be a requirement within King County Parks; rather, a post
on the county website states only that wearing a face covering is “strongly urge[d].” The league, on the other hand — reportedly in compliance with state and local ordinances — does state it requires spectators to wear “facial coverings at all times and remain socially distanced.”

That rule may be out of date, however, since King County is
currently in phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan, during which wearing masks outdoors is not mandated.

Nevertheless, Goss reportedly approached the family after the game and informed them that he had removed the two children from the league and was permanently banning them from future participation.

Anything else?

In conversation with the Post Millennial, the family recalled that the treatment made them feel “devalued” and “not human.”

“We were treated like criminals for wanting to watch our daughter play soccer, and the rules weren’t even closely followed for ANYONE else,” the father added. “We were obviously discriminated against, and embarrassed as he was yelling at us and people were watching/looking over. Our children are devastated that after waiting to play for 18 months, my one son got 3 games, and my daughter got 2, and now we are kicked out of the community permanently.”

The league issued a statement to the news outlet, saying, “West Seattle Soccer Club prioritizes the health and safety of its members, including following Covid 19 protocols of Washington state, King County, and Washington Youth Soccer. Persons who repeatedly refuse to comply with these rules when asked and otherwise violate their agreed code of conduct forfeit the privilege to participate in our programs.”

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GOP legislatures across the country move to ban critical race theory from classrooms

Republican-controlled legislatures in at least half a dozen states have either already passed legislation or are currently advancing measures that would ban or limit the teaching of critical race theory in public schools, the Hill reported Wednesday, calling the collective push “a new front in the culture wars that is likely to expand far more broadly in the coming years.”

What are the details?

Idaho became the first state in the country to prohibit teaching of the progressive theory, which re-examines the makeup of society through a racial lens and is based on the premise that race is a socially constructed concept used to oppress and exploit people of color. Proponents of the theory believe that America is inherently racist and that racism is embedded within the country’s institutions.

Idaho’s bill, signed into law last week by Republican Gov. Brad Little, bans educators and institutions from forcing students to “affirm, adopt, or adhere” to any teaching that professes that any particular race “is inherently superior or inferior” or “inherently responsible for actions committed in the past.”

Tennessee’s state legislature followed shortly, passing a law this week that bans teaching that “one race or sex is superior,” that “any individuals are inherently privileged, racist, sexist, or oppressive because of their race or sex,” or that “the United States is fundamentally racist or sexist.”

In Oklahoma, a bill banning critical race theory has reportedly passed through both legislative chambers and is now heading to Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt’s desk to be signed.

Similar legislation has been introduced in states such as Texas, Arizona, and Arkansas and is reportedly being considered in Utah and West Virginia.

What else?

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vowed in March to purge his state’s schools of “wacko theories” such as critical race theory, adding, “Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.”

The outspoken conservative governor took a more active approach to the issue by introducing a $106 million proposal to promote civics literacy and civics education in public schools.

Under the proposal, teachers who complete civics training would be eligible for a $3,000 bonus.

Anything else?

The push to eradicate critical race theory from schools in comes in response to educators across the country recently plugging the woke ideology into curricula amid the ongoing national debate over racial injustice.

As just one example, TheBlaze reported earlier this year on a newly implemented curriculum into public schools in Buffalo, New York, which taught that “all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism” and that American society was designed for the “impoverishment of people of color and enrichment of white people.”

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Top Democrat grilled for spending $29K on travel last year after urging constituents to ‘stay home’ and ‘stop spreading this virus’

A top Democratic lawmaker’s unusual spending habits — which included tens of thousands in travel expenses last year despite shutting down in-person campaign operations and urging constituents to stay home amid the pandemic — have prompted ethics concerns, the Washington Free Beacon reported Monday.

What are the details?

Democratic New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who leads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, spent nearly $29,000 on “ground transportation” and “automobile expenses” in the last nine months of 2020, according to financial records.

The exorbitant spending on travel included “nearly $20,000 in lease and insurance payments, more than $3,600 in collision repairs, nearly $2,200 in gas, more than $2,100 in rental car fees, and nearly $500 for a satellite radio subscription,” the Free Beacon reported.

Curiously, Maloney appeared to have halted at least some in-person campaign efforts in March 2020 while urging residents to “stay home” and do their part to “stop spreading this virus.”

“Stay at home. Don’t go out if you don’t need to, minimize your contact with other people,” the lawmaker said during a radio interview. “If a member of your family is sick, the whole family’s got to stay home so we don’t go spread it.”

What’s more is that Maloney’s spending far outweighed that of fellow Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado, who didn’t disclose any car-related expenditures last year despite his congressional district being nearly six times the size of Maloney’s neighboring district, the Free Beacon noted. Delgado also reportedly transitioned to virtual events during the pandemic.

U.S. campaign finance laws prevent candidates from using donor funds to pay for personal travel.

What else?

In response to the news, some ethics experts have weighed in with concerns.

Kendra Arnold, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, told the Free Beacon that Maloney’s expenditures raised “red flags” and that the congressman “has a duty to explain” the payments.

“Candidates don’t have to link [disbursements] to a specific corresponding event,” Arnold noted. “We generally look for spending that isn’t in the realm of a candidate in the same state or in a similar-sized district.”

Anything else?

This is reportedly not the first time that Maloney has been the subject of complaints over alleged ethics violations.

While simultaneously running for New York attorney general and House re-election in 2018, Maloney funneled $1.4 million from his federal re-election campaign to fund his state AG run, prompting a lawsuit and ethics complaints from another progressive candidate.

The congressman also made headlines in 2020 when he called religious liberty a “bogus term” used only to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

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One-third of Basecamp’s employees quit, some crying and screaming, after executive dares to say we don’t live in a ‘white supremacist culture’

More than one-third of employees at popular software firm Basecamp abruptly quit last week following a tense Zoom call during which company leadership explained its decision to prohibit political discussions on the company platform.

The tipping point happened when one company executive dared to say we don’t live in a “white supremacist culture,” according to the Verge.

What happened?

What allegedly started as a controversy over a long-standing company practice of maintaining a list of “funny” customer names turned into a woke cultural reckoning ending in tears and resignations.

Some employees had reportedly taken issue with the decade-old list amid an ongoing national conversation around racial justice, even going so far as arguing that the list — which included names of American or European origin as well as Asian or African — somehow laid the groundwork for racially motivated violence.

Internal conversation around the list reportedly got so out of hand that Basecamp CEO Jason Fried and his co-founder, David Heinemeier Hansson, decided to close the thread and disband a supplemental employee-led diversity, equity, and inclusion committee.

In an announcement posted last week, Fried relayed that while employees were still free to communicate about political and cultural issues, “it can’t happen where the work happens anymore.” He added that at-work discussion of “politics, advocacy, or society at large” had become “a major distraction” that is “not healthy,” especially given that sensitivities are at an unprecedented high.

Nonetheless, following Fried’s post, tensions spiked, prompting Fried and Hansson to host a Zoom meeting to discuss the changes with employees face to face. During the meeting, employees “pressed the founders on the policy changes” for more than two hours, the Verge reported, based on conversations with six employees present at the meeting.

The kicker came roughly 90 minutes in when Basecamp’s head of strategy, Ryan Singer, an 18-year veteran of the company, raised his hand to question the claims being made by some employees.

“I strongly disagree we live in a white supremacist culture,” Singer reportedly said. “I don’t believe in a lot of the framing around implicit bias. I think a lot of this is actually racist.

“Very often, if you express a dissenting view, you get called a Nazi … I have not felt this is open territory for discussion. If we were to try to get into it as a group discussion, it would be very painful and divisive,” he continued.

Those comments allegedly set off a firestorm on the call with one anonymous black employee saying, “The fact that you can be a white male, and come to this meeting and call people racist and say ‘white supremacy doesn’t exist’ when it’s blatant at this company is white privilege. … The fact that he wasn’t corrected and was in fact thanked — it makes me sick.”

During the discussion, two employees reported that they found themselves crying and screaming at the screen.

Singer reportedly stood by his remarks amid questioning, articulating that “claiming anybody must have a certain viewpoint because of the color of their skin is racist.”

What happened next?

The Verge reported that about “a half hour after the meeting ended, Fried posted an internal note saying that Singer has been suspended pending an investigation.”

On Monday, Singer reportedly resigned, as did at least 20 other of Basecamp’s 57 employees. Singer issued an email statement to the news outlet, saying:

I objected to an employee’s statement that we live in a white supremacist culture. White supremacism exists, and America’s history of racism still presents terrible problems, but I don’t agree that we should label our entire culture with this ideology.

On the call, the view I gave was we all want a future where everyone is treated fairly. And yet there can be disagreement on whether defining our culture as “white supremacist” helps us to get there. The subject is so charged that discussing such disagreements at work quickly leads to misunderstanding, heated accusations, and loss of faith.

Unfortunately, painful misunderstanding did result. Tensions were so high after the call that I decided it won’t be tenable to stay on the team. I gave my resignation over the weekend.

It was during the contentious exchange involving Singer that several employees decided to quit Basecamp, the Verge reported, adding that several other employees are expected to leave in the coming days.

Anything else?

In a post responding to the incident, the Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote: “[There once was a time] when political activism in business was controversial. But in these hyper-political times, refusing to turn your company into a workplace of the woke can make you a target.”

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MSNBC host calls Tim Scott ‘token,’ ‘tap dancer,’ and ‘clown,’ says he’s ‘thirsty for white approval’

MSNBC host Tiffany Cross recommenced the racist diatribe against Republican Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) over the weekend, calling the black senator “token,” “tap dancer,” and “clown” among a litany of other racially charged insults in response to his rebuttal of President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress.

Scott had once again become the subject of racist attacks from the left last week after declaring in the GOP response to Biden’s speech that “America is not a racist country.” As if trying to prove Scott wrong by openly displaying their racism, liberal critics on social media piled on with insults for the senator, at one point causing “Uncle Tim” to trend on Twitter.

That apparently wasn’t enough for Cross, however, who took the opportunity on Saturday to launch some attacks of her own on network television.

“Name a political, social, or economic institution in America where widespread disparities and discrimination does not exist,” the Root’s Michael Harriot said, to which Cross responded, “The hollow institution that resides inside Republican Sen. Tim Scott’s head. No racism there, and apparently no sense either.”

Tim Scott is a “stone fool,” Cross charged before adding that he “does not represent any constituency other than the small number of sleepy slow-witted sufferers of Stockholm Syndrome who get elevated to prominence for repeating a false narrative about this country that makes conservative white people feel comfortable,” as images of the other prominent black conservatives flashed on the screen.

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During the segment, Cross slandered Scott as a “token,” a “clown,” and a “tap dancer” for Republican Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.). Yet she failed to refute a single policy proposal from Scott’s speech, saying only that she wouldn’t “argue with people Harriet Tubman would have left behind.”

“There are two sides to every token. So thirsty for white approval, this dude actually stood on the national stage to defend the voter suppression law in Georgia,” she said, repeating lies about Georgia’s voting law — which actually expands early voting hours.

“Please, senator, say more about how un-racist the country is, while you trot out that tired line about going from ‘cotton to Congress’ to clown,” she continued, echoing an egregious probe of Scott’s family heritage recently put on by Washington Post fact-checkers.

“Perhaps, this was merely Sen. Scott’s audition to be Sam Jackson’s understudy in the film ‘DJango,'” Cross added before calling herself a “daily survivor of institutional racism.” In the film Cross referred to, “DJango Unchained,” Jackson played a head slave in 1800s America who looks down upon other slaves and is known for loyalty to his master.

Unsurprisingly, Cross’s racist tirade against Scott earned applause from fellow progressive MSNBC host Joy Reid.

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Elise Stefanik now front-runner to replace Liz Cheney as GOP conference chair if party gives Trump critic the boot

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is the current front-runner to replace controversial colleague Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as the third-ranking Republican in the caucus, according to multiple reports Wednesday morning.

Allies of the 36-year-old lawmaker have reportedly been working the phones since Tuesday aiming to quickly consolidate support among fellow Republican lawmakers as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) appear ready to oust Cheney from her post as conference chair.

Cheney has drawn ire from colleagues of late for her outspoken criticism of former President Donald Trump — who remains a towering fixture of the party — leading some party leaders to believe she will serve as a liability in efforts to take back the House in 2022.

McCarthy was reportedly caught on a hot mic Tuesday saying he’s “lost confidence” in Cheney and that “someone just has to bring a motion” in order for her ouster to take place.

Amid the controversy, Stefanik has emerged as the clear choice to be Cheney’s replacement, Politico reported Wednesday morning. The New York lawmaker and vigorous Trump supporter has already earned the support of fellow House Republican leaders, including Scalise, whose team released a statement Wednesday supporting her promotion.

“House Republicans need to be solely focused on taking back the House in 2022 and fighting against Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and President Biden’s radical socialist agenda, and Elise Stefanik is strongly committed to doing that, which is why Whip Scalise has pledged to support her for Conference Chair,” Scalise’s spokesperson, Lauren Fine, said in a statement, according to The Hill.

McCarthy is also reportedly backing Stefanik’s candidacy.

And Trump is also supportive of Stefanik’s leadership bid, Fox News reported.

It should be noted that while Stefanik certainly differs from Cheney as it pertains to her public support for the former president, she is no stalwart conservative. In fact, she is far from it so far as voting records go.

Stefanik has earned a 48% lifetime score — a failing grade — from Heritage Action’s voting scorecard, which measures how conservatively members vote. Cheney, on the other hand, has earned an 80% score.

Nonetheless, Stefanik is considered popular across the party. Politico reported that “she’s well liked in the conference, from members of the centrist Tuesday Group to Freedom Caucus leader [Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)], who had nice things to say about her on Fox on Tuesday.”

The outlet added that she is has “somehow balanced voting with the center and still being among Trump’s most fervent House defenders,” and perhaps more importantly, she is “known for her prolific fundraising ability.”

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CNN’s Jake Tapper questions whether pro-Trump Republicans should be given airtime

CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper questioned on Tuesday whether Republican politicians who he characterized as “cowardly” followers of former President Donald Trump should be given airtime.

During an interview with colleagues on CNN’s “New Day” morning program, Tapper went on a lengthy tirade against what he called the Republican Party’s embrace of “downright lies” and conspiracies as they relate to claims of election fraud and President Joe Biden’s progressive agenda.

“If they’re willing to lie about Joe Biden wanting to steal your hamburgers, and QAnon and the Big Lie about the election, what are they not willing to lie about?” Tapper said. “Why should I put any of them on TV?

“It’s remarkable that standing up for basic facts is now controversial within the Republican Party,” Tapper claimed in the interview, later making specific reference to Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Republican House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (La.).

“The lie about the election on its own is anti-democracy, and it is sowing seeds of ignorance in the populous, and obviously has the potential to incite violence,” he said. “But beyond that is, if you’re willing to lie about that, what are you not willing to lie about? That’s where we are when it comes to the House Republican leadership, McCarthy and Scalise, and where we are with too many leaders of the Republican Party — they’re not willing to tell their voters the truth.”

‘Cowardly follower’: Tapper calls out GOP who stand with lies

“I happen to believe that this country needs a strong, thriving, healthy, fact-based Republican Party,” Tapper continued, claiming that for the country to succeed, healthy debate needs to happen. “But we can’t have those debates if one side … is not willing to stick to standards and facts.”

TheBlaze reached out to CNN regarding Tapper’s remarks, specifically questioning whether the network is considering barring certain members of GOP leadership from making appearances, but has not yet received a response.

The Hill, in its coverage of the news, noted that in December, Tapper admitted that he had a policy of never booking former Trump White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany or Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller on his show.

“There are some people that are so mendacious, I just wouldn’t put them on air,” he reportedly. “Kayleigh McEnany, I never booked her. Jason Miller from the Trump campaign, I would never book him. These are just people who tell lies the way that most people breathe. There was no value in that.”

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Two Massachusetts towns ignore CDC guidance and keep outdoor mask mandates — even after the state eases restrictions

Officials from a pair of communities in Massachusetts announced recently that they will be keeping outdoor mask mandates in place, despite Republican Gov. Charlie Baker easing the coronavirus-related public health order last week.

Both the town of Brookline and the city of Salem have decided to keep requiring residents to cover their faces at all times even after Baker announced that residents statewide would no longer need to wear face coverings when socially distancing is possible, Mass Live reported.

The news outlet noted that Baker’s updated guidance went into effect last Friday, but on the same day, Brookline Town Manager Mel Kleckner and Health Commissioner Dr. Swannie Jett informed residents in a statement that they would not be complying with the new rules.

“Out of an abundance of caution and in our residents’ best interests, the town of Brookline will not follow suit with the state’s decision to lift the outdoor mask mandate today,” Jett said. “Our face covering requirement has served as a protective layer that limits the possibility of spreading COVID-19 and we are reluctant to relax it at this time without further public input and review by the Advisory Council on Public Health.”

The Salem Board of Health also opted to keep the mask mandate in place despite the new statewide guidance. In a phone interview with the Boston Globe, Chairman Dr. Jeremy Schiller argued, “We have to couple an abundance of caution with the consideration that people are probably exhausted with dealing with the pandemic and want some latitude — particularly for those who are vaccinated.”

“We have to follow the science and follow the [pandemic] trends in our city,” he added.

Officials in both communities plan to convene next week to discuss their plans moving forward, but both seemed to think it was ill-advised to go along with federal or state rules without consulting their own data.

“We don’t just want to make a decision now and follow CDC or follow the state of Massachusetts without doing our due diligence,” Jett told the Boston Globe.

Baker updated the statewide rules last week in accordance with new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on outdoor mask use for fully vaccinated Americans.

The federal health agency announced that “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues” such as for sporting events or concerts.

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Top Secret US intelligence study concluded COVID-19 could have leaked from a Chinese lab

A study classified as “Top Secret” conducted by a leading federal research institution last year concluded that the novel coronavirus could have originated and leaked from a Chinese laboratory, Sinclair Broadcast Group reported on Monday.

What are the details?

The study, the existence of which was previously undisclosed, was conducted by researchers within the intelligence division at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, considered the Department of Energy’s premier biodefense research institution. It was issued May 27, 2020.

The conclusion reached by the study, which reportedly “assessed that both the lab-origin theory and the zoonotic theory were plausible and warranted further investigation,” counters recent reports from World Health Organization investigators.

After a joint WHO-Chinese team spent four weeks studying the origin of the virus in Wuhan earlier this year, investigators effectively dismissed the lab leak theory, calling it “extremely unlikely.” But critics, including many with the U.S. intelligence community, have voiced concerns about the integrity of the probe.

In its report, Sinclair noted it has not reviewed the study but has confirmed its contents through interviews with multiple sources who have either read it or been briefed on it.

In an email to the broadcast group, a Livermore spokesperson reportedly confirmed the study’s existence but declined to go into further detail about its contents, saying, “Because the report you are referring to is classified, it would be inappropriate for our lab to discuss this.”

Sinclair noted that the new director of national intelligence, Avril Haines, testified last month that the U.S. intelligence community is actively investigating both theories.

“We have two plausible theories that we are working on that components within the intelligence community have essentially coalesced around. One of them is that it was a laboratory accident, and the other is that it emerged naturally from human contact with infected animals,” she said.

What else?

News about the previously undisclosed study comes as a former head of MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service of the United Kingdom, called the World Health Organization’s probe a “farcical investigation.”

Sir Richard Dearlove, who ran the spy agency from 1999 to 2004, recently argued in an interview with a British newspaper that the coronavirus was “far more likely” to have come from a lab than to have jumped from animals to humans.

That theory has picked up considerable steam since the start of the pandemic early last year as a growing amount of circumstantial evidence piles up. That evidence includes the fact that risky “gain of function” research was being conducted on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology over the last several years — and that U.S. diplomats warned the federal government about the dangers involved.

Last month, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill which, in part, calls for the U.S. government to conduct its own investigation into the origins of the pandemic, including whether or not the virus leaked from a Chinese lab.

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CIA mocked online over woke recruitment video: ‘Our enemies are laughing at us’

A woke recruitment video posted online by the Central Intelligence Agency last week sparked immediate backlash from critics online, who argued the prestigious intelligence service risks becoming a national embarrassment.

What are the details?

The video featured a 36-year-old Latina agent who describes herself as a “cisgender Millennial” who has been “diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder.”

“I am intersectional, but my existence is not a box-checking exercise,” she says in the video, adding, “I am a walking declaration, a woman whose inflection does not rise at the end of her sentences, suggesting that a question has been asked.”

“I used to struggle with impostor syndrome,” she admits shortly after, though adding that she now “refuse[s] to internalize misguided, patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be.”

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“I am tired of feeling like I am supposed to apologize for the space I occupy,” she continues.

“I am unapologetically me. I want you to be unapologetically you, whoever you are. Whether you work at CIA, or anywhere else in the world. Command your space. Mija, you are worth it,” she says as the video concludes.

What has been the response?

The video was originally posted on YouTube on March 25, but later promoted by the intelligence agency on Twitter on April 28. Following the Twitter post, a barrage of attacks against the agency poured in.

Former CIA officer Bryan Dean Wright blasted the video, saying, “The CIA used to be about mission to country. (I speak from experience). Now it’s now about demanding — and getting — accommodation to fix an emotional wound or advance a personal agenda. America is less safe with this new CIA, and dangerously more political.”

Meghan McCain, co-host of ABC’s “The View,” added, “This CIA recruitment video is a joke and truly embarrassing for our entire country. China, Russia and our enemies are laughing at us.”

Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra commented: “Biden is turning every U.S. institution into an embarrassing freak show. The world is laughing at us.”

Another Twitter critic joked that the CIA’s hiring of “fail brain millennials with debilitating anxiety” could pan out with a field agent being “captured and tortured because the analyst working on his mission is hyperventilating due to being quote tweeted.”

Filmmaker Robby Starbuck added: “Every institution is being destroyed by the woke left. If we don’t stop this, [America] will fall. I bet instead of waterboarding, they’ll unleash real torture on terrorists: Listening to ‘progressives’ talk for hours about every social issue.”

“Woke Latina CIA agent in recruitment video lists all her identities (intersectional, cis gender, millennial woman of color with anxiety disorder) EXCEPT American,” Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy tweeted. “God help us.”

Anything else?

The CIA’s woke new recruitment video comes as several major U.S. institutions undergo what appear to be progressive makeovers.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation appointed its first chief diversity officer, Scott McMillion, last month. As well, several branches of the military have taken steps to promote “diversity and inclusion” within their workspaces.

The U.S. Special Operations Command, a Defense Department division that oversees special operations components of the U.S. armed forces, appointed its first-ever diversity and inclusion chief this year.

Late last year, the U.S. Navy created a special task force, called Task Force Navy One, to “combat discrimination in the Navy” and require sailors to “advocate for and acknowledge all lived experiences and intersectional identities of every Sailor in the Navy.”

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Nancy Pelosi’s archbishop: Prominent pro-abortion Catholics should be denied Communion?

Although he declined to mention any specific public figure by name, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone delivered a scathing rebuke to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), President Joe Biden, and other prominent pro-choice Catholics in a recent missive about the evils of abortion.

What are the details?

In the pastoral letter issued Saturday and titled, “Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You,” Cordileone took prominent Catholics who support abortion to task for their promotion of an act that the church holds to be a grave sin.

“Prominent figures in society help to shape the mores of that society, and in our culture their advocacy of abortion definitely leads others to do evil,” Cordileone wrote. “This must be stated with clarity: anyone who actively works to promote abortion shares some of the guilt for the abortions performed because of their actions.”

Pelosi, a high-profile Catholic who represents San Francisco residents in the U.S. House, has long-supported abortion in spite of the fact that it runs afoul of her church’s teaching. After all, it is undoubtedly a winning issue for her politically in liberal San Francisco, and just as well, she has never faced religious discipline for it.

But Cordileone wants that to change. In his letter, the conservative archbishop argued that it is the responsibility of church leadership to “correct Catholics who erroneously, and sometimes stubbornly, promote abortion.” In this case by denying them Communion, the church’s holiest sacrament.

“Because we are dealing with public figures and public examples of cooperation in moral evil, this correction can also take the public form of exclusion from the reception of Holy Communion,” the archbishop said.

“When other avenues are exhausted, the only recourse a pastor has left is the public medicine of temporary exclusion from the Lord’s Table. This is a bitter medicine, but the gravity of the evil of abortion can sometimes warrant it,” he added.

What else?

Cordileone’s letter is the latest entry in an evolving debate the Catholic Church is having around how to handle Catholic politicians who adopt stances contrary to the teachings of the church, the Washington Post reported.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are set to gather in June to vote on whether or not to draft a document on the Communion issue, though there have been numerous conflicting reports coming from within the organization about what exactly the document will look like.

Pressure is surely mounting as any forthcoming decision about Communion is bound to have far-reaching consequences. In fact, it could reach as far as the White House. President Biden, who regularly attends Catholic Mass, is also a vocal proponent of abortion access.

Anything else?

For Cordileone, however, the issue is rather simple.

“Abortion is the axe laid to the roots of the tree of human rights: when our culture encourages the violation of life at its youngest and most vulnerable condition, other ethical norms cannot stand for long,” he wrote in the introduction to his letter.

“Our responsibility to the rest of the Catholic community is to assure them that the Church of Jesus Christ does take most seriously her mission to care for ‘the least of these,'” he added.

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Grandmother dies after being punched in the face by a 23-year-old. Her grieving brother says he has ‘no earthly idea why’ it happened.

A 23-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter after fatally punching an elderly woman in the face last month in New Orleans, leaving the victim’s family questioning what motivated the brutal attack.

“We have no earthly idea why this happened,” Jeffrey Johnson, brother of 61-year-old Margaret “Jane” Street, told the New Orleans Advocate on Wednesday. “It won’t bring my sister back, but it helps knowing who did it and that they have him.”

The New Orleans Police Department reported Tuesday that Jeremiah Mark struck Street with a closed fist in the city’s French Quarter on April 19, causing her to fall to the ground and hit her head on the concrete. Street suffered a traumatic brain injury from the attack and later died at the hospital.

The two were reportedly engaged in some kind of argument when the crime was committed, the Advocate noted, though the outlet said details about the dispute were not provided in a sworn police statement filed in court.

The incident was originally classified as a simple battery, but following Street’s death and an autopsy, authorities changed the classification to a homicide.

After positively identifying a suspect, authorities released a photo of him to the public, prompting Mark to come forward about his involvement in the altercation. Mark turned himself in to police on April 22, reportedly confirming to police that “he used his hand to push [Street] in the face.”

He has been charged with manslaughter and, if convicted, could serve up to 40 years in prison.

Street’s family held a funeral for her on Thursday in her hometown of Decatur, Alabama. Her obituary noted that she retired from a job at General Motors and is survived by a daughter and two grandchildren.

Johnson, Street’s brother, told the Advocate that he fears his sister’s death was the result of a robbery gone wrong.

“It just seems like she was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.

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Report: Biden considers using private firms to surveil ‘extremist chatter’ online in response to domestic terrorism, Capitol riot

The Biden administration is considering partnering with outside firms to surveil “extremist chatter” online as part of an effort to combat domestic terrorism in the country, CNN reported Monday.

What are the details?

The move — which comes in apparent response to the growth of far-right extremism in America and, specifically, the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol — would enhance the federal government’s ability to gather intelligence from conversations happening in private spaces online.

As it stands, the Department of Homeland Security is legally limited in how it can surveil citizens online without justification and prohibited from assuming false identities to breach private messaging apps, CNN noted. Instead, federal authorities can only browse through information shared on social media and other open platforms.

But under the new plan, which is currently being discussed inside the department, federal officials would be able to “circumvent those limits” by partnering with “research firms who have more visibility in this space.”

“A source familiar with the effort said it is not about decrypting data but rather using outside entities who can legally access these private groups to gather large amounts of information that could help DHS identify key narratives as they emerge,” the report stated.

Essentially, private researchers who already monitor such activity online would act as middlemen in the new scheme, providing DHS with “broad summaries or analysis of narratives” emerging in private groups operated by groups such as the Proud Boys or Oath Keepers.

DHS officials reportedly insisted to CNN that any information obtained by the department would “not be used to target specific individuals.”

What else?

The plan aims to close an intelligence gap which allegedly contributed to a failure to prepare for the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, experts and officials argued, despite claims that warnings were given to the FBI well in advance of the riot. Notably, even as concerns grew ahead of the day, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser discouraged additional federal law enforcement.

One DHS official reportedly told CNN that by the time narratives are appearing on Facebook, it is usually too late.

“Domestic violent extremists are really adaptive and innovative. We see them not only moving to encrypted platforms, but obviously couching their language so they don’t trigger any kind of red flag on any platforms,” the official said.

“There was only limited awareness before January 6 of what violent extremists were planning through social media,” added Tom Warrick, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council who served as DHS deputy assistant secretary for counterterrorism policy from 2008 until 2019.

He said he expects the DHS is exploring “whether contractors could help them understand plots and trends” emerging online.

Anything else?

The Biden administration has been outspoken about its intentions to combat the growth of white supremacist extremism in the country.

Last week, during his first address to a joint session of Congress, Biden claimed that white supremacists have replaced jihadists as the “most lethal terrorist threat” to the U.S.

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Court rules black man enslaved by South Carolina restaurant manager is owed more than $500K

A federal court has ruled that a South Carolina restaurant manager who forced a black man with intellectual disabilities to work in excess of 100 hours a week without pay owes more than $500,000 to the man he effectively enslaved.

The Post and Courier reported last week that the defendant, Bobby Paul Edwards, has been ordered to pay John Christopher Smith, a 43-year-old black man, $546,000 in restitution.

Edwards is currently serving a 10-year sentence on one count of forced labor for coercing Smith to work extensive hours for no pay at J&J Cafeteria in Conway, South Carolina, between 2009 and 2014, according to a Department of Justice press release.

In his original sentencing in November 2019, Edwards was ordered to pay Smith $273,000 in restitution, a figure that covered the minimum wages and overtime pay he had been previously denied. But after federal prosecutors appealed citing the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Fourth Circuit ruled that Smith is entitled to more money since there was considerable delay in his being paid.

“When an employer fails to pay those amounts, the employee suffers losses, which includes the loss of the use of that money during the period of delay. So fully compensating the employee requires accounting for losses from the delay,” the court wrote in its decision, adding, “These additional losses could, in part, be compensated by interest.”

“We therefore vacate the award of restitution and remand for its recalculation,” the court stated.

After the case was sent back to district court for a decision on how much more Smith would be owed, the court decided to double the amount.

Edwards’ enslavement of Smith began when Edwards took on management responsibilities at the restaurant where Smith served as a buffet cook, according to court documents. Smith had worked at the restaurant since 1990, when at 12 years of age he started washing dishes and busing tables.

“Edwards effected this forced labor by taking advantage of Jack’s intellectual disability and keeping Jack isolated from his family, threatening to have him arrested, and verbally abusing him,” the court stated.

“His control over Jack also involved physical abuse,” the court added, recalling incidents in which Edwards “dipped metal tongs into hot grease and pressed them to Jack’s neck” and “whipped him with his belt, beat him with kitchen pans, and punched him with his fists.”

The abusive treatment finally came to an end in 2014, when a relative of an employee alerted authorities to the situation and the South Carolina Department of Social Services intervened.

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CBS News poll that showed 85% of viewers approved of Biden’s speech massively oversampled Democrats

A CBS News poll, which allegedly showed that Americans emphatically and overwhelmingly approved of President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress, comes with a major caveat: It massively oversampled Democrats.

What are the details?

The poll — which found that a whopping 85% of viewers approved of Biden’s speech and came away feeling optimistic about America — was immediately shared by some Democratic lawmakers and media figures as a warning sign to Republicans.

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell used the poll to claim, “Memo to [House and Senate Republicans]: You’re woefully out of touch with those you’re supposed to serve.”

Shortly after the poll was shared on social media, the number 85% briefly became a trend on Twitter.

But buried near the bottom of the poll’s write-up is a major caveat about the results: viewers skewed heavily Democratic.

In fact, according to CBS News, 54% of the viewers interviewed for the poll identified as Democrats, while 25% identified as independents, and only 18% identified as Republicans.

The plus-36 Democratic margin in the poll doubled the 16-plus Republican margin that CBS polled after former President Donald Trump’s first joint address of Congress in 2017, and tripled the plus-12 Democratic margin that watched former President Barack Obama in 2009.

What else?

For what it’s worth, some reporters at CBS News tried to make people aware of the poll’s Democratic oversampling in their social media shares. But in tweets from its official page, the news outlet failed to make any mention.

CBS News reported that the survey wasbased on 943 interviews of adults who watched the President’s address to Congress on Wednesday night.”

“An initial survey was conducted by YouGov between April 23-27, 2021 using a nationally representative sample of 10,420 U.S. adults, including 4,211 respondents who planned to watch the address,” the outlet added. “Only those who watched the speech were included in the analysis.”

Anything else?

Aside from the fact that very few Republicans watched Biden’s address, ratings across the board were extremely lackluster.

Nielsen ratings found that Biden’s address garnered an estimated 26.9 million viewers as measured across the 16 largest U.S. broadcast and cable news networks.

That figure paled in comparison to the number of viewers garnered by his two previous predecessors during their first addresses. In 2017, Trump garnered 48 million viewers and in 2009, Obama garnered 52.3 million viewers.

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WaPo fact-checks whether GOP Sen. Tim Scott actually went from ‘cotton to Congress’ — gets rightfully torched by critics

The Washington Post on Friday decided to publish an extensive probe of Republican Sen. Tim Scott’s history to fact-check if the South Carolina lawmaker’s family actually went from “cotton to Congress,” prompting critics harsh criticism from commentators on the left and right.

What are the details?

“Tim Scott often talks about his grandfather and cotton. There’s more to that tale,” wrote Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler in the Friday morning hit piece on Scott, who was recently tapped to deliver the Republican Party’s response to President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress next Wednesday.

Scott often touts his family’s journey from cotton to Congress in one lifetime as proof of the opportunity America affords to enterprising individuals who work hard to get ahead, regardless of their skin color. But that message runs counter to modern progressive ideology, which teaches that America is inherently racist and restrictive to minority classes.

With that in mind, the Post set out to investigate the authenticity of Scott’s claim, digging through the annals of history to decipher whether his grandfather, Artis Ware, was in fact forced out of elementary school to help on the farm and pick cotton.

In the exhaustive 1,800-word article, Kessler enlists the help of historians and draws from numerous census and property records to ultimately suggest on admittedly flimsy data that Scott, while speaking truthfully, may not be providing the entire context of his family’s situation.

“Scott’s “cotton to Congress” line is missing some nuance, but we are not going to rate his statements,” Kessler declared, opting not to award Scott any Pinocchios.

“Scott tells a tidy story packaged for political consumption, but a close look shows how some of his family’s early and improbable success gets flattened and written out of his biography,” he continued. “Against heavy odds, Scott’s ancestors amassed relatively large areas of farmland, a mark of distinction in the Black community at the time. Scott, moreover, does not mention that his grandfather worked on his father’s farm — a farm that was expanded through land acquisitions even during the Great Depression, when many other Black farmers were forced out of business.”

What else?

The post immediately drew backlash from commentators on social media.

“Who thought this was a good idea?” tweeted CNN commentator and former Democratic South Carolina state lawmaker, Bakari Sellers.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley added, “What WaPo did to @SenatorTimScott is shameful. When minorities refuse to be victims, disagree with liberal talking points, and think for ourselves, the media shames us and questions our credibility. It’s why we must fight harder for conservative values that lift us all up.”

“Senator Scott deserves an apology for this,” political strategist Rory Cooper wrote. “It’s everything wrong with the fact checking industry. The targeting. The lack of good faith. The personal side of it. It’s bad.”

“If you find yourself telling the grandson of a Depression-era Black man who spent his youth picking cotton to check his privilege, please for the love of all that is holy log off, WaPo,” Washington Examiner executive editor Seth Mandel tweeted.

Daily Wire reporter Cabot Phillips summarized the story this way: “A white man telling a black man his ancestors weren’t ***actually*** that poor or oppressed … If this story were about a Democrat, half the Washington Post editorial board would have been forced to resign by now.

Republican strategist Matt Whitlock noted that many readers will only see the headline in front of the Washington Post’s paywall and assume that Scott is lying despite the fact that the outlet ended up admitting the senator’s statement is true.

One self-described independent wrote, I “really don’t think this is necessary or appropriate…Bad look by @washingtonpost.”

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Black woman calls ‘Rush Limbaugh Show’ with message for her community: America, police, white people are not our problem, ‘We are our problem!’

A black woman called into the “Rush Limbaugh Show” Thursday to deliver a passionate message to fellow black Americans, urging them to disavow the victim mentality that blames white people, systemic racism, and police for all the problems in the black community.

What did she say?

The caller, who identified herself as Joyce from Houston, began the segment by commenting on the conclusion of the Derek Chauvin trial. She said that while she believed Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, should be held responsible for his role in George Floyd’s death, she was convinced he could not get a fair trial.

On Tuesday, a 12-person jury in Minneapolis pronounced Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter for his actions, which included kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes despite Floyd’s complaints of “I can’t breathe.”

Joyce didn’t stay on the subject of the trial for very long, however, but instead quickly transitioned into a plea to the black community to stop blaming others for the problems that routinely plague black Americans.

“I am so sick and tired of this ‘systemic racism,'” Joyce exclaimed. “There are no organized conspiracies to keep blacks down. There are pockets of bigotry for sure. But they’re not powerful enough to keep you down if you have some get-up-and-go about yourself.

“And I hear this constantly. I live in the most dangerous neighborhood in Houston, the sixth in the nation, and we constantly talk about racism. ‘Who is keeping us down?'” she continued. “I get so tired of telling my people, ‘The old rich white Republicans [are] not our problem. We are our problem’ — and until we face the fact that we are our own worst enemies, nothing is gonna change!”

Joyce then lamented the number of black Americans in her community who have been assaulted and murdered, but who have not received any attention from politicians or the media. But everyone knows Floyd’s name, she said, taking a dig at Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.

“Ask my congresswoman, Sheila Jackson Lee,” if she knows their names, Joyce suggested, then claiming that Lee would not be able to recite their names.

“But I tell you one thing, she sure know about Floyd,” she said.

(Joyce’s comments begin at the 1:03:44 mark in the widget posted below.)

What else?

Joyce then challenged the notion that America is fundamentally racist and an inherently dangerous place for people of color.

“I have traveled out of this country several times and I want to say to the blacks [that are] listening that you’re so angry and you come up with this fake racism and every scene. That’s not our problem. There’s no better place for us, and you’re gonna sit here and allow people to use you as pawns to mess up what’s best for you today,” she said. “There is no better place for us, and I am tired of you blaming someone else.

“In our community, one of the main reasons that these young people are getting shot and killed, [is] because they didn’t have — and especially these young black men — they didn’t have no dads in the home,” she argued.

Joyce then recalled something she often heard from fellow black Americans during former President Barack Obama’s time in the Oval Office.

“When Obama was in the White House, all in my community just, ‘Oh, we are so blessed! We have a black man in the White House,'” she remembered. “I said, ‘We need to a black man in the black house!'” referring to fatherless black kids.

Instead of being taught to respect authority by their fathers, too many young black kids are taught from a young age to hate the police, she argued.

“There are few bad policemen, but basically the policeman is out there to do a job to protect us,” Joyce said. “And I get so tired of, ‘Oh, they arrest more blacks than they do whites.’ Well, hell, we do more crime! So what are they gonna do, just let us go?”

“We have got to change,” she concluded.

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Washington state vaccine provider denies white people access. The state health department says it’s for equity.

A health provider in Washington state is denying white people access to the coronavirus vaccine and the state’s health department is reportedly allowing it to happen.

What are the details?

The African American Reach and Teach Health Ministry is currently prioritizing only “Black, Indigenous & People of Color” for vaccination appointments at four sites across King County, Washington, an area which includes the state’s most populous city, Seattle.

On its website, AARTH states that “the COVID-19 vaccine is available to all people 16 years and older who live or work in Washington state.” However, white people are not eligible to receive the vaccine through the provider, but instead are encouraged to join a waiting list.

Individuals interested in receiving a vaccination through the provider are required to fill out an online form specifying whether or not they identify as BIPOC. If not, they are prompted to join the “standby list” with the promise that they will be contacted should appointments become available.

On a separate webpage for the standby list, AARTH states, “We will notify you if we have vaccine surplus available for a clinic regardless of our focus or your eligibility.”

AARTH — a nonprofit group that describes itself as a “non-religious … faith-based” organization that aims to respond to major health issues affecting people of African descent” — did not deny its race-exclusionary program when questioned by Jason Rantz of KTTH-AM.

“Part of the reason we ask that is because of the funding that we receive,” AARTH consultant Twanda Hill told Rantz. “We have funding because we are able to reach people of color. Federal funding, state funding, county funding. They want to know who are we serving.”

What else?

Rantz also reportedly reached out to the Washington Department of Health regarding “whether or not vaccine providers may discriminate on the basis of race.” But in response, the health department reportedly dodged the question with various explanations regarding equity.

One department spokesperson, Kristen Maki, explained the “prioritization is designed to address current inequities and barriers to accessing vaccine, and get the people who are at highest risk vaccinated first while federal vaccine supply remains limited.”

Another spokesperson, Franji Mayes, said that the department is coordinating with communities of color because of “systemic inequities” in health care. She added that “dealing with racism is a stressor that is bad for health and life expectancy.”

Anything else?

On AARTH’s website, the group points out that the coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately affected the black community in America. And that trauma, it says, has only been further exacerbated by police brutality.

“The deaths of Brenna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony Mcdade and countless other murders demonstrates multiple examples of the sad truth: that America is far from that shinning city on a hill that offers liberty and justice for all,” the group states. “Their murders at the hands of police officers represents endemic social injustice, deep seeded hatred and hardness of hearts. This truth has been laid bare for the world to see.”