Joe Biden faces new plagiarism claim over DNC acceptance speech

Joe Biden faces new plagiarism
claim over DNC acceptance speech 3 replies

Posted by Dreadnought 8/22/2020 6:37:23 PM Post Reply

That’s sloppy, Joe. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden reprised his penchant for borrowing lines from other people’s work this week — apparently relying a bit too heavily on the words of a deceased Canuck party leader during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, reports said. Biden concluded his Thursday night speech by saying: “For love is more powerful than hate. Hope is more powerful than fear. Light is more powerful than dark.” But Canadian media quickly noted that the former veep’s words were uncannily similar to those of Jack Layton

Stephen Bannon Arrested,
Charged with Fraud by NY Prosecutor 29 replies

Posted by Dreadnought 8/20/2020 10:16:14 AM Post Reply

Former Trump adviser Stephen Bannon and three other defendants were arrested on Thursday morning and charged with fraud by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bannon, along with Brian Kolfage, Timothy Shea, and Andrew Badolato, were charged with defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors who contributed to “We Build the Wall,” an online crowdfunding campaign that has raised over $25 million in funds for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. “As alleged, the defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that all of that money

Federal Appeals Court Rules
California’s Ban on High-
Capacity Magazines Unconstitutional 18 replies

Posted by Dreadnought 8/14/2020 4:03:31 PM Post Reply

A federal appeals court on Friday overturned California’s ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, ruling that the prohibition violates the Second Amendment. “Even well-intentioned laws must pass constitutional muster,” Appellate Judge Kenneth Lee wrote for the majority on the three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, adding that California’s ban “strikes at the core of the Second Amendment — the right to armed self-defense.” California’s ban on magazines holding more than 10 bullets is “so sweeping that half of all magazines in America are now unlawful to own in California,” Lee wrote. One of the judges on the panel dissented, leaving a majority of two

Justice Department Finds Yale
Admissions Illegally Discriminated Against
Asian American and White Applicants 12 replies

Posted by Dreadnought 8/13/2020 5:25:54 PM Post Reply

A two-year long Justice Department investigation has found that Yale University illegally discriminated against Asian American and white applicants in violation of federal civil rights law. In a letter to the college’s attorneys Thursday, the department said that Yale “rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit.” “Yale’s race discrimination imposes undue and unlawful penalties on racially-disfavored applicants, including in particular Asian American and White applicants,” Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, the head of the department’s civil rights division, wrote. The investigation found that Asian American and white students have “only one-tenth to one-fourth

New Unemployment Claims Fall
Below One Million for
First Time Since March 5 replies

Posted by Dreadnought 8/13/2020 10:31:46 AM Post Reply

The U.S. Labor Department reported on Thursday that 963,000 workers filed for unemployment benefits last week, the first time jobless claims have fallen below 1,000,000 since March. The drop in claims may fuel hopes that the labor market is improving after the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent mitigation efforts forced mass closures of businesses. Since March 21, about 56 million Americans have filed for unemployment. The report on Thursday may also provide insight into whether the lowering of federal unemployment benefits has discouraged Americans from applying for them. $600-per-week federal unemployment benefits expired at the end of July, and on Saturday President Trump signed

How Houston Defied
Doomsday COVID Predictions 9 replies

Posted by Dreadnought 8/12/2020 10:10:22 PM Post Reply

As data out of Houston, the epicenter of Texas’s coronavirus outbreak, began to show a surge in cases and hospitalizations at the end of June, the doomsday projections began in full force. “Three weeks from now, if these trends continue, the city’s I.C.U.s will be overwhelmed . . . the storm has arrived in Houston,” a local doctor wrote in a June 26 piece for The New Yorker. “It’s Like New York ‘All Over Again,’” blared a July 4 headline in the New York Times. Two days later, science reporter Donald MacNeil warned during an episode of the Times podcast The Daily that “in Houston, doctors who knew

Baby Please Come Back,
Says Andrew Cuomo 11 replies

Posted by Dreadnought 8/7/2020 8:43:12 PM Post Reply

Then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg famously described New York City in 2003 as a “luxury product,” and therefore priced accordingly. The price hasn’t changed, except to go up slightly — taxes, rents, everything. But few would argue that the product New York offers remains first-rate. The theaters are closed. The nightlife is severely restricted. The restaurants have been forced to move outside, inches away from the exhaust pipes of passing trucks. Oh, and New York City has experienced one of the worst and deadliest outbreaks of the novel coronavirus in the entire world, followed by mass rioting and looting and an accompanying routine-crime spree

Gov. Cuomo says all New York
schools can open with strict guidelines 10 replies

Posted by Dreadnought 8/7/2020 12:43:40 PM Post Reply

The New York City school district and all other districts across the state can reopen, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. “Good news. All schools can reopen,” Cuomo said in a conference call with reporters Friday. Cuomo said the schools are eligible to reopen because all regions across the state have low coronavirus infection rates. But Cuomo cautioned that each school district must submit reopening plans that require approval from the state Health Department. He said the Health Department is reviewing the plans and noted that some are “incomplete.” Albany will inform school districts whether their plans pass muster later Friday or Monday.

U.S. Adds 1.8 Million Jobs,
Unemployment Drops
to 10.2 Percent 4 replies

Posted by Dreadnought 8/7/2020 10:51:42 AM Post Reply

The U.S. unemployment rate dropped from 11.1 percent to 10.2 percent in July, beating economists’ predictions even as many states have paused or reversed their reopenings in light of coronavirus case spikes. Employers added 1.8 million jobs in July, according to the Labor Department’s Friday jobs report, a significant slowing down from the 4.8 million jobs created in June, which was the highest recorded. While the economy has recovered 42 percent of the 22 million jobs it lost during the pandemic over the past three months, there are still 10.6 million more unemployed Americans today than there were in February.

NRA fights back, files its own suit
against NY attorney general
seeking to disband organization 8 replies

Posted by Dreadnought 8/6/2020 11:03:43 PM Post Reply

The National Rifle Association is fighting back against a lawsuit filed Thursday by New York’s attorney general by submitting its own civil suit against state officials. The NRA’s lawsuit was filed federal court of New York and alleges Attorney General Letitia James “made the political prosecution of the NRA a central campaign theme” when she was running for the AG’s office in 2018, and has not treated the association fairly since. “Despite hopes that playing by the rules would procure a just outcome, the NRA has not been treated fairly by James’s office,” the 19-page suit states. “The New York Democratic Party political machine

New York AG seeks to shut down
NRA in lawsuit alleging financial crimes 16 replies

Posted by Dreadnought 8/6/2020 11:57:10 AM Post Reply

Washington — New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking to disband the National Rifle Association (NRA), claiming its top officials diverted millions of dollars from the influential gun group for their personal use and enriched their families and close associates by awarding lucrative contracts. The lawsuit from James, filed in New York state court, alleges the NRA and four of its top executives mismanaged funds and violated state and federal laws, resulting in the loss of more than $64 million for the organization in a span of three years. The senior leaders, James claims, used millions from the NRA’s coffers on trips

NYC Health Commissioner Resigns
with ‘Deep Disappointment’ after
Clashing with De Blasio 5 replies

Posted by Dreadnought 8/4/2020 12:34:13 PM Post Reply

New York City health commissioner Oxiris Barbot resigned on Tuesday, after clashing with Mayor Bill de Blasio for months over the city’s coronavirus response. De Blasio has a history of clashing with health department officials. In May of this year the mayor opted to place city hospitals in charge of coronavirus contact tracing efforts, despite the health department’s experience with contact tracing for AIDS, measles, and other outbreaks. “I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime, that the Health Department’s incomparable disease control expertise was not used


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