Fake News: New York Times, WaPo, NBC forced to retract false claims about Giuliani

Fake News: New York Times, WaPo, NBC forced to retract false claims about Giuliani | 1 May 2021 | The New York Times, Washington Post and NBC News all issued retractions Saturday for their coverage of Rudy Giuliani following a raid of his Manhattan apartment by the FBI. The Times appended their correction to a story about the role Giuliani may have played in the 2019 recall of ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch and whether he received a warning from the FBI about Russian disinformation. The Washington Post's correction, on a story about prominent Americans being targeted by Russian disinformation, was similar... NBC News also issued a mea culpa, claiming its reporting was based on a source.

Republic reporter kicked out of Arizona audit site after tweet about former state lawmaker tallying votes

Republic reporter kicked out of Arizona audit site after tweet about former state lawmaker tallying votes | 30 April 2021 | An Arizona Republic reporter was escorted from the Arizona election audit site on Friday morning after posting a photo showing a former Republican legislator at a ballot-counting table. The photo showed a ballot, with no markings discernible, on a vertical stand in front of former state Rep. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale. The reporter, Ryan Randazzo, was told his press privileges were revoked. He left the building as requested. Randazzo was observing the audit, along with two other Arizona journalists, as part of an agreement with audit organizers to monitor the proceedings.

Gaetz, House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program

Gaetz, House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program | 30 April 2021 | Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and a group of other House Republicans on Friday introduced legislation to end funding for an arm of the U.S. Postal Service that carries out online surveillance. The legislation was rolled out in response to a March bulletin, reported by Yahoo News earlier this month, distributed by the Postal Service's Inspection Service's Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP). The bulletin cited iCOP concerns about potential "significant" protests planned for March 20 based on "online inflammatory material" and posts on social media platforms Parler and Telegram. The new bill backed by almost a dozen House Republicans would prohibit federal funds from being used for iCOP.

TSA extends public transportation mask requirement through Sept. 13

TSA extends public transportation mask requirement through Sept. 13 | 30 April 2021 | A federal mask mandate for passengers on public transportation will remain in place through Sept. 13, the Transportation Security Administration said on Friday. The mask requirement applies to travelers on all transportation networks throughout the United States, including airports, buses, trains and commercial flights. Prior to the extension, an existing mandate was scheduled to expire on May 11.

Florida passes bill prohibiting social media companies from banning politicians

Needs to go nation-wide: Florida passes bill prohibiting social media companies from banning politicians | 30 April 2021 | The Florida House and Senate voted this week to pass legislation that would prohibit social media companies from banning politicians. Fines for social media companies that try to ban politicians from their platforms could add up to $250,000 a day for statewide politicians and $25,000 a day for other elected officials, the Sun-Sentinel reported. The bill, which still allows for politicians to be suspended for two weeks and for individual posts to be taken down if they violate the company's policies, is now headed to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis has previously spoken highly of the bill and is expected to sign it.

FBI raids home, office of Rudy Giuliani, take computers and phones with attorney-client info

FBI raids home, office of Rudy Giuliani, take computers and phones with attorney-client info | 29 April 2021 | The FBI confiscated computers and cell phones from the office and apartment of Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday. The move was ostensibly part of a criminal investigation into the former New York mayor and Trump attorney's dealings in Ukraine, but conservatives suspect it may have more to do with Giuliani’s role in exposing scandals involving Joe Biden. Agents also carried out a search warrant at the Washington home of attorney Victoria Toensing, who also worked on the Biden investigation, for her cellphone. A spokesman for Toensing's law firm said she is not a target of the investigation.

GOP reps question Biden admin on alleged 'political interference' in census, citing departure from estimates

GOP reps question Biden admin on alleged 'political interference' in census, citing departure from estimates --Republicans cite departures from census estimates in letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo | 30 April 2021 | More than a dozen House Republicans Friday are questioning Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on whether there "was any political interference" in the final census numbers used to decide how many House members each state will get for the coming decade. The letter, first obtained by Fox News, is led by Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee. The Republican House members cited gaps between the number of House seats some right-leaning states were projected to gain -- or some left-leaning states were projected to lose -- and the final results announced this week. "The apportionment population results released by the Census Bureau are strikingly different from the population evaluation estimates released just months ago on December 22, 2020," the GOP members wrote. "Remarkably, the differences benefit traditionally blue states -- which gained population compared to the estimates -- over red states which tended to lose population compared to the estimates."

Biden speech draws 26.9 million viewers, down from Trump

Biden speech draws 26.9 million viewers, down from Trump | 29 April 2021 | Joe Biden's first speech to a joint session of Congress drew 26.9 million viewers, according to figures from ratings company Nielsen released Thursday. The numbers include viewers watching Biden's speech on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Telemundo, Univision, PBS, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News, MSNBC, Newsmax, NewsNation and Newsy. The audience Wednesday night was a roughly 43.6 percent drop from the approximately 47.7 million who tuned in to former President Trump's first address to members of the House and Senate in 2017.

At least 44 killed, over 150 injured in stampede at crowded bonfire festival in Israel

At least 44 killed, over 150 injured in stampede at crowded bonfire festival in Israel | 29 April 2021 | Over 150 people have been injured, some critically, and at least 44 have died in a stampede at the crowded Lag B'Omer bonfire festival in northern Israel, local media reported, citing emergency services. Emergency response teams said six of the injured are in critical condition and 18 are in serious condition after the incident at Mount Meron. Police sources cited by the newspaper said the stampede was triggered after attendees slipped on a staircase, causing dozens of others to fall.

Twitter allows 'Uncle Tim' to trend for hours after Sen. Tim Scott's rebuttal, and then took action

Twitter allows 'Uncle Tim' to trend for hours after Sen. Tim Scott's rebuttal, and then took action | 29 April 2021 | [The 'woke' Nazis running] Twitter allowed a racial slur about Sen. Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, to trend on its site for 12 hours as he was attacked as an "Uncle Tim" for saying "America is not a racist country" in his rebuttal to Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress. The term began to trend on Twitter late Wednesday evening after Scott noted in his speech that he has been the subject of derogatory comments about his race because of his political views. It wasn't until 10 o'clock Thursday morning that the social media giant stopped the attacks from appearing in its Trends.

Federal agents raid Rudy Giuliani's NYC apartment in Ukraine probe

Federal agents raid Rudy Giuliani's NYC apartment in Ukraine probe | 28 April 2021 | Federal agents raided former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's Manhattan apartment and office on Wednesday morning, two law enforcement sources briefed on the matter told The Post. The agents executed a search warrant and seized electronic devices from both locations, one source said. The moves were tied to an investigation into Giuliani's dealings in Ukraine, according to reports. A resident of Giuliani's Upper East Side building on East 66th Street said the doorman described greeting the agents at 6 a.m. and letting them pass when they displayed a search warrant.

'It's a very, very unfair situation': Trump defends Giuliani after FBI raid

'It's a very, very unfair situation': Trump defends Giuliani after FBI raid | 29 April 2021 | Former President Donald Trump on Thursday denounced the raids by federal investigators on the Manhattan home and office of his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, defending the former New York mayor as the victim of a politically biased Justice Department. "Rudy Giuliani is a great patriot. He does these things -- he just loves this country, and they raid his apartment," Trump told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo in an interview. "It’s, like, so unfair and such a double -- it's like a double standard like I don’t think anybody’s ever seen before." ..."I don’t know what they're looking for, what they’re doing. They say it had to do with filings of various papers, lobbying filings," Trump said, going on to allege illegal foreign lobbying by Joe Biden and his son Hunter. "It's a very, very unfair situation," Trump added.

US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan has begun

US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan has begun | 29 April 2021 | The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is now formally underway, according to the White House and several US defense officials. "A drawdown is underway," White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One Thursday. "While these actions will initially result in increased forces levels, we remain committed to having all of US military personnel out of Afghanistan by September 11, 2020 [sic]." Fewer than 100 troops, along with military equipment, have been moved largely by aircraft to execute Joe Biden's order to begin the withdrawal process no later than May 1, according to several US defense officials. In addition, contractors and US government workers are also departing the country, the officials said.

Read: Full text of Sen. Tim Scott's response to Biden address

Read: Full text of Sen. Tim Scott's response to Biden address --Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina gave the Republican response to Joe Biden's address to Congress. | 28 April 2021 | Text of speech by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the Republican response to Joe Biden's address to Congress, as provided by the office of the Senate minority leader.

Read the full transcript from Joe Biden's address to a joint session of Congress

Read the full transcript from Joe Biden's address to a joint session of Congress | 29 April 2021 | Wednesday night, approaching his 100th day in office, Joe Biden addresses the joint session of Congress for the first time. The full text of his prepared speech below was released by the White House.

Secrecy Surrounds Solitary Confinement of Two Men Arrested in Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

Secrecy Surrounds Solitary Confinement of Two Men Arrested in Jan. 6 Capitol Breach | 29 April 2021 | Julian Khater of Pennsylvania and George Tanios of West Virginia are being held without bail by the federal government in a District of Columbia Department of Corrections (DOC) restrictive housing facility. "Restrictive housing" is another way of saying "solitary confinement." Khater and Tanios are restricted to their cells for all but one hour of each day, which is their only opportunity for physical exercise, talking with other inmates, or conferring with their attorneys. According to Politico, the plight of the men is shared by "dozens" of Jan. 6 detainees who also are being held in restrictive housing.

New Jersey Gov. Murphy warns residents they must wear mask to vote in-person

New Jersey Gov. Murphy warns residents they must wear mask to vote in-person | 29 April 2021 | New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has warned residents that they risk being turned away from polling places if they don’t wear a face mask. Murphy issued the advisory during a COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, saying: "If you refuse to wear a mask, we're not letting you in." The state reportedly enforced the same stance at school board elections last week in six districts across the state, N.J. 1015 reported.

California Officials, Biden-Linked Firm Coordinated With Big Tech to Censor Election Posts - Judicial Watch

California Officials, Biden-Linked Firm Coordinated With Big Tech to Censor Election Posts - Judicial Watch | 28 April 2021 | California officials colluded with Big Tech to censor social media posts in the United States during the 2020 presidential election, government watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Tuesday. The findings come after Judicial Watch received 540 pages and a further four pages of documents from the office of the Secretary of State of California in response to an open records request, the group said. It had filed the request after a December 2020 report surfaced revealing that California's Office of Election Cybersecurity had surveilled and asked the social media giants to remove or flag as "misleading" at least two dozen messages. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that SKDKnickerbocker, a communications company linked to Joe Biden's election campaign, was involved in the censoring of speech during last year's election period.

Parents pledge to file lawsuit over bill signed Wednesday ending Connecticut's religious exemption for required school vaccines

Parents pledge to file lawsuit over bill signed Wednesday ending Connecticut's religious exemption for required school vaccines | 28 April 2021 | Hours after Gov. Ned Lamont signed a bill Wednesday to eliminate Connecticut's religious exemption for required vaccines for students, opponents of the measure said they plan to file state and federal lawsuits as soon as Thursday seeking to overturn the law. Outside state Supreme Court in Hartford, Brian Festa, co-founder of We The Patriots USA and The Connecticut Freedom Alliance; attorneys Norm Pattis and Cameron Atkinson; and one of the plaintiffs signing onto the lawsuit, Sherry Harmon, argued the legislation not only "overreaches," but also is "illegal and unconstitutional."

Gov. Ned Lamont signs bill eliminating Connecticut's religious exemption for mandatory school vaccinations

Gov. Ned Lamont signs bill eliminating Connecticut's religious exemption for mandatory school vaccinations | 28 April 2021 | Gov. Ned Lamont Wednesday signed legislation that would end Connecticut's religious exemption for mandatory school vaccinations beginning in the 2022 school year. The state Senate gave final legislative approval to the measure late Tuesday after nine hours of debate. The vote was 22 to 14, with two Democrats -- Sens. Cathy Osten of Sprague and Dennis Bradley of Bridgeport -- joining the Republicans in rejecting the measure. Under the bill, only students who obtain a medical exemption would be permitted to attend public or private school in the state without a vaccine.

Cuomo Aides Spent Months Hiding Nursing Home Death Toll

Cuomo Aides Spent Months Hiding Nursing Home Death Toll | 28 April 2021 | The effort by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office to obscure the pandemic death toll in New York nursing homes was far greater than previously known, with aides repeatedly overruling state health officials over a span of at least five months, according to interviews and newly unearthed documents. Mr. Cuomo's most senior aides engaged in a sustained effort to prevent the state's own health officials, including the commissioner, Howard Zucker, from releasing the true death toll to the public or sharing it with state lawmakers, these interviews and documents showed. A scientific paper, which incorporated the data, was never published. An audit of the numbers by a top Cuomo aide was finished months before it became publicly known. Two letters, drafted by the Health Department and meant for state legislators, were never sent. The full data on nursing home deaths was not released until this year, after a report by the state attorney general in late January found that the official tally might have undercounted the true toll by as much as 50 percent.

Cuomo admin deliberately blocked release of true New York nursing home death toll - report

Cuomo admin deliberately blocked release of true New York nursing home death toll - report --Senior aides reportedly sought to prevent health officials from releasing the true death toll | 28 April 2021 | New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration reportedly engaged in a concerted months-long effort to deliberately play down the number of COVID-19-related deaths among nursing home patients in the state. Senior aides for the governor purposely sought to prevent New York state health officials, including Commissioner Howard Zucker, from releasing the true death toll, The New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing interviews and newly-unearthed documents. As previously reported by Fox News, Cuomo's administration was logging the location of nursing home residents' COVID-19 deaths since at least April 2020, despite claims those numbers could not be verified for a report issued months later. According to a document obtained by Fox News, facilities were required to report the number of residents who died from COVID-19 daily.

Canada says AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from troubled Emergent lab 'safe'

Canada says AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from troubled Emergent lab 'safe' --FDA has flagged quality issues at the facility, and paused new production | 27 April 2021 | Canadian health authorities attempted to assuage concerns Sunday about the safety of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from a troubled Emergent BioSolutions facility in Baltimore, Md. The manufacturing facility, known as Bayview, saw 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine go to waste after a dosage mix-up last month. The U.S. FDA recently ran an investigation at the facility, and as a result "cited a number of observations concerning whether the facility's processes met our requirements and standard," per a statement issued last week... Canadian authorities said 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the facility met "quality specifications."

Supreme Court takes up major Second Amendment case

Supreme Court takes up major Second Amendment case --The court has declined to insert itself in similar cases in recent years and has not issued a major Second Amendment decision in over a decade | 26 April 2021 | The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to restrictions on carrying firearms outside the home, teeing up a potentially landmark dispute over the scope of the Second Amendment. In an unsigned order, the justices took up a bid by two gun owners and a New York affiliate of the National Rifle Association to challenge the state's denial of their applications for concealed carry licenses for self-defense. It will be heard next term, which begins in October.

Florida residents claim 'pest control trial' that will release up to a billion genetically engineered mosquitos in the Keys to reduce species carrying diseases is 'terrorism'

Florida residents claim 'pest control trial' that will release up to a BILLION genetically engineered mosquitos in the Keys to reduce species carrying diseases is 'TERRORISM' --Trials of the first-ever US release of genetically engineered being this week --Residents are furious about the 'live experiment' | 26 April 2021 | The Florida Keys will soon be buzzing with close to a billion 'fraken-squitoes' – gene-hacked mosquitoes aimed at eradicating a disease carrying mosquito. The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) and Oxitec, a British biotech company, are starting the first-ever U.S. release of genetically engineered (GE) Aedes aegypti mosquitoes this week, which will see up to a billion over a two-year period. The project aims to reduce the numbers of Aedes aegypti... Floridians, however, are calling on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to end 'this live experiment' saying they are being subjected to terrorism by the FKMCD. The trial is set to begin this week, with the first phase releasing up to 144,000 GE mosquitoes over the next 12 weeks. Ultimately, up to a billion will be released in Monroe County.

Newsom recall officially triggered as verified signature threshold met

Newsom recall officially triggered as verified signature threshold met --The campaign to recall the California governor collected more than 1.6 million signatures | 26 April 2021 | The effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom has received the necessary number of verified signatures to trigger a recall election later this year. The California Secretary of State said on Monday that the threshold of verified signatures reported by counties, which was set at 1,495,709, had been met. The campaign collected more than 1.6 million verified signatures, according to the secretary of state's office.

Six states to gain House seats as population growth slows

Six states to gain House seats as population growth slows | 26 April 2021 | Six states will see their congressional delegations grow in the next Congress, according to the first results from the U.S. Census Bureau's decennial survey of America's population... Texas is set to add two U.S. House seats to its delegation after a decade in which the state added more than 4 million new residents. Colorado, North Carolina, Florida and Oregon will all add one more seat. Montana will add a second district, 30 years after it lost that second seat in a previous round of apportionment.

Rep. Liz Cheney not ruling out 2024 presidential run

OMG. Would *anyone* in the US vote for this neocon nut-job? Rep. Liz Cheney not ruling out 2024 presidential run | 26 April 2021 | House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney is not ruling out a potential presidential bid, The Post has learned. "I'm not ruling anything in or out -- ever is a long time," she told The Post when asked if she would ever consider running in the future. The Wyoming Republican -- who has been a frequent target of former President Donald Trump -- said there are a number of contenders she sees as having potential for the 2024 nomination, adding that she believes the lawmakers who led the efforts on challenging the election on Jan. 6 should be out of the running.

Pharmaceutical Industry Dispatches Army of Lobbyists to Block Generic COVID-19 Vaccines

Pharmaceutical Industry Dispatches Army of Lobbyists to Block Generic COVID-19 Vaccines --New lobbying disclosures show over 100 drug lobbyists working to defeat the IP waiver request at the WTO. | 23 April 2021 | The pharmaceutical industry is pouring resources into the growing political fight over generic coronavirus vaccines. Newly filed disclosure forms from the first quarter of 2021 show that over 100 lobbyists have been mobilized to contact lawmakers and members of the Biden administration, urging them to oppose a proposed temporary waiver on intellectual property rights by the World Trade Organization that would allow generic vaccines to be produced globally. Pharmaceutical lobbyists working against the proposal include Mike McKay, a key fundraiser for House Democrats, now working on retainer for Pfizer, as well as several former staff members to the U.S. Office of Trade Representative, which oversees negotiations with the WTO. Several trade groups funded by pharmaceutical firms have also focused closely on defeating the generic proposal, new disclosures show.

Michigan Democrat seen resisting DUI arrest, threatens to call Gov. Whitmer in body camera footage

Michigan Democrat seen resisting DUI arrest, threatens to call Gov. Whitmer in body camera footage --Jones can be heard reminding the officers that he had oversight of their budget as they attempt to put handcuffs on him | 25 April 2021 | Michigan Police released body camera footage on Sunday of an incident involving Democratic state Rep. Jewell Jones, who was reportedly charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and weapons possession following a collision last week on Interstate 96 in Fowlerville. The video shows police tackle a combative Jones to the ground after he physically resisted arrest and threatened to call Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Jones can be heard reminding the officers that he had oversight of their budget as they attempt to put handcuffs on him. "I don't give a f---, bro, when I call Gretchen [Whitmer] I'll (sic) need y'all (sic) IDs, badge numbers, everything," Jones says in the footage. "It's not going to be good for you, I'm telling you. I run y'alls budget, bro," he told a trooper.

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