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An Oklahoma judge on Monday temporarily blocked two new anti-abortion laws from taking effect next month, including a measure similar to a Texas abortion ban that effectively bans the procedure after about six weeks of pregnancy.

District Judge Cindy Truong said she would allow three other anti-abortion laws to take effect Nov. 1, which one abortion rights advocate said would be “catastrophic” to the ability of women to access abortion services in the state. Those three would create new restrictions on medication-induced abortions and require all doctors who perform abortions to be board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

“The OB-GYN requirement will immediately disqualify more than half of the doctors providing abortions in the state," said Rabia Muqaddam, a staff attorney for the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which challenged the five new Oklahoma laws. “Every day that law remains in effect, we're talking about really catastrophic fallout."....
 

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Police union leader calls Black congressman 'first-class whore,' gets 'first-class raid' from FBI
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The FBI raided headquarters of a New York City Police Department union for police sergeants on Tuesday after what Mayor Bill de Blasio called "some very destructive actions" from the union, according to PIX 11 News. De Blasio refused to comment on the FBI investigation but called union president Ed Mullins "divisive." "I don't know the specifics, and I don't know who it's directed at," the mayor said of the FBI probe.

Investigators are also searching union president Ed Mullins' Long Island home after securing a search warrant, The New York Times reported, citing two unnamed sources with knowledge of the investigation. The probe is a joint effort between the FBI and the public corruption unit of the U.S. attorney's Manhattan office. An FBI spokesman confirmed with the Times only that agents "were conducting a law enforcement operation pursuant to an ongoing investigation" at the sergeant union's offices in Lower Manhattan.
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"At least four federal agents were inside the union's headquarters at around noon on Tuesday," New York Times journalists William Rashbaum and Michael Gold wrote. "The investigators lowered dark wooden blinds and placed pieces of cardboard inside four windows to prevent the public from gazing inside." A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York declined to comment when New York Daily News initially reported the raid.........
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Police interest in joining Oath Keepers actually surged after Jan. 6, hacked data release exposes
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn posts clip calling for holy war, Twitter mocks him
Aysha Qamar

Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina just can’t stop calling for violence, can he? This time, though, how is Cawthorn going to claim his words were taken out of context and misheard? He declared a holy war—or a “spiritual battle,” to be exact.

“Now is the time for our pastors and our congregations, like this one here, like many that you represent. It's time for us to stand up and declare boldly that as men and women of faith, we have a duty to stand against tyranny, we have a duty to be civically involved, we have a duty to save this country for the next generation.” Cawthorn said in a speech delivered at the North Carolina Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Salt & Light Conference."
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Cawthorn posted the week-old speech’s clip to Twitter Sunday, calling on people “of faith.”

In it, he referenced his botched knowledge of religion to call on Christians to declare a holy war.

“Look back at the Old Testament. Look at David, look at Daniel, look at Esther, look at all of these people who influenced the governments of their day to uphold Christian principles. It is time for the American Christian church to come out of the shadows, to say ‘No longer are we going to allow our culture to be determined by people who hate the things that we believe in! We are going to stand valiantly for God's incredible inerrant truths that predate any version of government.' Because my friends, if we lose this country today, if we bend the knee to the Democrats today, our country will be lost forever, our children will never know what freedom is,” Cawthorn said.

He continued: “It's our duty to stand up. Let us stand united as men and women of faith to fight for our country!”
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There’s a lot to question in Cawthorn’s speech. Firstly, what principles are being threatened? Is he referring to vaccines? Given the increased violence Republicans are invoking at school board meetings over children wearing masks and some being eligible for the vaccine, it would be no surprise that Cawthorn believes vaccines are violating freedom.

Second, how is Cawthorn even coming posing as a religious authority? I mean he has been accused of sexual harassment by various women. Also, the notion that Christians have remained "in the shadows" is a rather humorous one.

The most noteworthy aspect of his clip is his references to religious scriptures. I mean, even one who isn’t Christian knows that no one in the Old Testament was fighting to uphold Christian principles. Christ wasn’t even born at the time of the Old Testament—which is based on the Hebrew Bible, or the Torah.

Of course, Twitter had something to say about Cawthorn’s little speech.


 

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Trump Spokeswoman Posts Racist Attack on Chair of the January 6th Insurrection Committee
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It's been nine months since Donald Trump's insurrectionists invaded the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent Congress from carrying out its constitutional duty to certifying the presidential election. Their violent and deadly assault failed to achieve their goal of subverting democracy, but it sparked a treasonous revolt that continues to this day.

Trump has still never conceded his loss to President Biden. And his cult followers still harbor delusions that he will be reinstated to his throne, despite having no evidence of any electoral irregularities and no legal pathway to that end. It's a dangerous fantasy that led directly to the January 6th insurrection in Washington, D.C. And Trump is continuing to fuel the seditionist fires.

On Tuesday morning, Trump's spokes-shill, Liz Harrington (whose proxy Trump tweeting is violating Twitter's rules against circumventing a ban), posted a tweet with a link to an article (in fact, she posted it three times) whose headline read "Jan. 6 commission chairman once sympathized with black secessionist group that killed cops." Both the headline and the article itself where dishonest, racist, and intended to malign Rep. Bennie Thompson who is the chairman of both the Homeland Security Committee and the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack. The article by John Solomon began by stating that...

"Fifty years ago as a Mississippi alderman, Bennie Thompson defended the Republic of New Africa and participated in a news conference blaming cops for the group's violence even as FBI saw group as waging 'guerrilla warfare.'"

Fifty years ago? That's how far back Solomon had to dig to find something that he could warp into a pseudo-scandal. Solomon implies that Thompson was somehow affiliated with the Republic of New Africa (RNA), a separatist organization founded in 1968. But Thompson was neither a member, nor a legal representative. He was simply a local elected official who made a rather uncontroversial statement with regard to a police incident. Thompson said that...

"My utmost concern in this matter is to see that people who reside or pass through the town of Bolton,[MS] are treated fairly and given every opportunity afforded them by law. [...] My position is that people are entitled to live as they choose, so long as they are law abiding and peaceful."

Thompson's explicit reference to being "law abiding and peaceful" didn't stop Solomon from associating him with every allegation of criminal activity by the RNA. That's how Solomon works. He is a disgraced propagandist who was even too disreputable for Fox News, who ditched him last year. The network warned their "news" staff that Solomon lacked credibility and engaged in disinformation campaigns. Solomon was also sent packing by The Hill, who said that he had published misleading columns. In some of those columns he was found to have been clandestinely collaborating with a notoriously untrustworthy source, Rudy Giuliani.

Solomon's article had a single purpose: to personally vilify the Chairman of the Select Committee so that he could later dismiss the Committee's work. And he chose to pursue that goal by slandering a well respected Black legislative leader with allusions to past crimes that he had nothing to do with.

Then, along comes Trump and his PR flack to hype the fake scandal. Because the last thing that any of these cretins want is for the truth to come out about what happened on January 6th and who was responsible. But with tactics like this they are only revealing how scared they are of the justice that awaits them.
 

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Three scientists have won the 2021 Nobel prize in physics for their groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex physical systems – including how humanity influences the Earth’s climate.

The winners, Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi, will share the award, announced on Tuesday, presented by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and worth 10m Swedish kronor (£870,000).

One half of the prize was jointly awarded to Manabe and Hasselmann for their physical modelling of Earth’s climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global heating. The other half went to Parisi for his discovery of the interplay of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems from atomic to planetary scales.

Characterised by randomness and disorder, complex systems are difficult to understand, but this year’s prize recognised new methods for describing them and predicting their long-term behaviour.

Paul Hardaker, the chief executive of the Institute of Physics, said: “Whilst complex systems are difficult to deal with mathematically they are all around us and affect our lives in many different ways, not least through the way they affect the nature of our weather and climate......
 

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President Biden said on Tuesday that Democrats are considering a change to Senate filibuster rules to bypass a Republican blockade over raising the debt limit, which has set the United States on a collision course with a government default.

“Oh, I think that’s a real possibility,” Mr. Biden said when asked if Democrats were considering the last-resort route, which would involve making an exception to allow for a debt ceiling bill to pass with a simple majority instead of the usual 60 votes needed.

Senate Democrats discussed carving out the exception at their weekly lunch on Tuesday. No conclusions were reached, but notably, according to participants, the two strongest opponents of filibuster changes, Senators Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, did not speak up in protest. They also did not speak up in support......
 

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DOJ to review decision not to prosecute FBI agents who mishandled Nassar sex abuse case
Aysha Qamar

After declining to prosecute two former FBI agents who meddled in cases filed against former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar, the Justice Department said Tuesday it would review its decision based on new information. The announcement was made during a hearing on the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act. While more details about the new information have not been released, they are said to be substantial enough for the department to change its decision, the Associated Press reported.

"I can inform the committee today that the recently confirmed Assistant AG for the criminal division is currently reviewing this matter, including new information that has come to light," Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco told the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. "I am constrained in what more I can say about it, but I do want the committee, and frankly I want the survivors, to understand how exceptionally seriously we take this issue and believe this reserves a thorough and full review."
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The move follows tear-jerking Senate testimony that took place last month during which U.S. Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and Maggie Nichols called out the FBI and Justice Department's handling of the investigation into allegations of Nassar’s abuse. The hearing was part of a congressional effort to hold the FBI accountable for a botched investigation into allegations against Nassar, including delays in reporting that allowed Nassar to continue abusing other young gymnasts.

"They allowed a child molester to go free for more than a year and this inaction directly allowed Nassar's abuse to continue," Maroney told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 15. “After telling my entire story of abuse to the FBI in the summer of 2015, not only did the FBI not report my abuse, but when they eventually documented my report 17 months later, they made entirely false claims about what I said," Maroney said.

While Nassar was found guilty and sentenced in 2018, reports indicated two FBI officials investigating the abuse allegations against Nassar violated the agency's policies by making false statements and failing to properly document complaints by the accusers. Yet the Justice Department did not charge the two officials, identified as Michael Langeman and Jay Abbott. Instead, the only action that was allegedly taken in terms of accountability was firing Langeman. Abbott had retired by 2018.

During the hearing Tuesday, Monaco stressed that a review would be conducted with a "sense of urgency and gravity” due to new information, and also addressed questions regarding a statute of limitations for lying to the FBI or other potential criminal acts in the case, which may have run out.

"The survivors who testified so bravely deserve better than they got from the FBI and the Justice Department," Monaco said. She also apologized to the gymnasts, saying: “I am deeply sorry that in this case the victims did not receive the response or the protection that they deserved.”

But while she noted the survivors deserved better and apologized, that doesn't take away from the fact that the Justice Department not only failed to send a representative to last month's hearing—a fact some Senate members addressed Tuesday—but failed to assert charges in the first place despite the evidence.

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn not only called the lack of presence at last month’s hearing "profound disrespect" for the plight of victims, but noted that the acknowledgment of needed justice was delayed.

"You are about three weeks too late," Cornyn said.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Dick Durbin expressed similar sentiments, noting that the FBI's handling of the case remains "a stain" on the agency.
"The FBI failed them," Durbin said Tuesday when referring to Nassar's victims. "Our government failed them; we failed them."

He emphasized that many people are currently in jail for lying to the government, yet these FBI agents walked free of charges.

“People are charged with the crime of lying to the government and are held accountable, and some are in prison for the very act that appears to have taken place here. And yet, the decision not to prosecute is one which most of us don’t even understand,” Durbin said.

According to The Washington Post, it is rare for the Justice Department to even consider reopening a case that has been closed without charges. However, last week, following widespread criticism, Monaco urged prosecutors and agents to work more closely with state and local law enforcement about potential crimes that may fall outside federal law but still be worth pursuing.


“Even in those instances where the federal government cannot bring its own criminal charges, our obligation to protect crime victims and ensure public safety does not end,” Monaco wrote in the memo. “Instead, proper coordination with state, local, or tribal law enforcement partners may become more important, particularly in the face of apparent, ongoing criminal behavior that puts victims at risk.”
 

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A jury Tuesday found Alan Swinney, a self-proclaimed Proud Boy, guilty of assault, menacing and unlawful use of a weapon for pulling out a loaded revolver, firing paintballs and spraying bear mace at counterprotesters in Portland last year.

Prosecutors called him a “one man police force,” and “vigilante cowboy,” while Swinney and his lawyer argued he was just acting in self-defense against “agitators” who wouldn’t stop harassing him….The jury found Swinney, 51, guilty of 11 of 12 charges: one count of second-degree assault, three counts of unlawful use of a weapon, pointing a firearm at another, attempted second-degree assault, two counts of unlawful use of mace, fourth-degree assault, attempted fourth-degree assault and menacing......
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A Multnomah County jury returned several guilty verdicts Tuesday in the trial against Alan Swinney, a far right extremist who faced 12 charges stemming from his role in violent political clashes in downtown Portland during the summer of 2020.

Swinney was found not guilty on one second-degree assault charge, but was convicted of the remaining counts, including unlawful use of a weapon, attempted assault, pointing a firearm at another, second-degree unlawful use of mace, among others.

Swinney has been held in Multnomah County jail since being arrested Sept. 30, 2020. He now awaits sentencing, and could face several years in prison.

...at one point Swinney pulled a revolver and pointed it at the crowd of counterprotesters.

He said in testimony he drew the gun because he ran out of paintballs and mace.......
 

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Donald Trump’s scorched-earth rally in Georgia last month might have done more than deepen the factional divide in the state GOP. It might have also strengthened the criminal case that Fulton County prosecutors could build against the former president.

The Brookings Institution think tank on Monday updated its analysis of Trump’s post-election conduct to include his remarks at the Sept. 25 rally in Perry, when he repeatedly blasted Gov. Brian Kemp for refusing to reverse his defeat.

The report, authored by seven legal analysts, highlights that Trump twice said he asked the Republican governor to call a “special election” to decertify his narrow defeat to President Joe Biden in Georgia.

“I said, ‘Brian, listen, you have a big election integrity problem in Georgia. I hope you can help us out and call a special election and let’s get to the bottom of it for the good of the country,’” Trump said at the rally, recounting his effort to subvert the election results.......
 

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Gaetz/Greenberg Update
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Joel Greenberg is the close associate of Florida Representative Matt Gaetz who pled guilty to sex trafficking and two other charges. In exchange for his guilty plea, and promise of full cooperation with the continuing investigation, the government dropped 30 additional charges against Greenberg. Dropping so many charges suggests prosecutors believe Greenberg's cooperation offers them exceptional value. Greenberg's confession includes admitting that he had sex with an underage girl and that he personally observed "other adult men" having sex with this underage girl.

Greenberg's sentencing was originally scheduled for August 19th. He requested, and the prosecutors did not oppose, a delay to November 19th. The reason was so he could complete his cooperation and have the value of that cooperation considered in his sentencing.

I believed the three month delay did not occur in a vacuum, that the length of the delay was based on how long both prosecutors and Greenberg's attorneys would need to complete his cooperation. I was wrong.


Greenberg has requested, once again without objection from the prosecutors, an additional five months delay in sentencing, all the way into March of 2022. The reason for the delay, in the words of Greenberg's attorneys is:

“Pursuant to his plea agreement with the Government, Mr. Greenberg has been cooperating with the Government and has participated in a series of proffers. Said cooperation, which could impact his ultimate sentence, cannot be completed prior to the time of his sentencing. The parties expect that Mr. Greenberg will participate in additional proffers . . . Mr. Greenberg's cooperation involves sensitive matters concerning ongoing investigations.”

Greenberg was initially charged with 33 crimes to include various financial crimes. It is likely that the delay is associated with investigation into others (including Representative Gaetz) who may have been involved in those crimes, in addition to the sex trafficking and underage sex for which the investigation is thought to clearly include Gaetz. The length of these delays suggest a complex, multifaceted, multiple crimes investigation involving multiple people.

The request to delay sentencing this time does suggest that the continuance will "allow the parties sufficient time" resolve the value of Greenberg's cooperation. However, it may be as late as next Spring before we hear how that works out for Representative Gaetz.










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