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Black attorney general chokes up during Taylor announcement
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:01:35 -0400
Kentucky’s Black attorney general choked up Wednesday when explaining why a grand jury didn't seek criminal charges against police officers for Breonna Taylor’s death — but his sympathetic words fell on many deaf ears. A grand jury indicted fired Officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment for shooting into a home next to Taylor's after police entered her house on March 13. Attorney General Daniel Cameron cited his own family in seeking to convey that he understood some people in Louisville and across the country would be angry at the jury's decision Wednesday.


Stranger tries to snatch child from moving SUV outside Costco, California cops say
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:09:29 -0400
“I’d do anything I could to stop him because that’s the worst nightmare.”


‘Unlike anything we’ve seen in modern history’: Attacks against journalists soar during Black Lives Matter protests
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 09:15:40 -0400
Arrests of US journalists halfway through 2020 outnumber number of jailed reporters in China in 2019


Conjoined twins are successfully separated after being locked in embrace
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:28:00 -0400
Amelia and Sarabeth Irwin were born attached at the chest and upper abdomen in June 2019. Luckily, the conjoined twins did not share a heart.


Qantas put fully stocked bar carts from its retired 747s up for sale for more than $1,000, and they're already all sold out
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:16:40 -0400
Qantas packed the bar carts full of wine, snacks, and candy, and sold them for more than $1,000 each.


Black Texas news anchor calls out racial inequality: ‘You can’t be afraid to stand on what is right’
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:12:03 -0400
It’s been more than 100 days since protest erupted nationwide after the untimely death of George Floyd. The outrage over the deaths sparked global protest about racial inequality and police brutality, and it pushed forward a renewed agenda to fight racism. Black news anchors and reporters across the country are reporting the facts of each story of racial injustice objectively, while also fighting their own racial inequality battles.


Pablo Escobar: Money hidden in wall found in drug lord's house
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:49:36 -0400
A plastic bag with money worth $18m (£14m) is found in a wall by one of the drug lord's nephews.


House passes temporary funding bill, averting shutdown
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:27:13 -0400
The House on Tuesday night passed a sweeping bipartisan funding bill, averting a government shutdown.


Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power provokes outrage, rebukes on Capitol Hill
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 11:22:17 -0400
On Capitol Hill, the president’s stunning refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the election was met with outrage among Democrats — and implicit condemnation from Republicans.


Investigators say they found thousands of child porn images in the home of a popular kids' YouTuber
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:50:43 -0400
The science educator behind the popular children's YouTube channel "The Happy Scientist" has been indicted on child pornography charges.


McCarthy threatens long-shot bid to oust Pelosi if Dems impeach over SCOTUS
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:36:12 -0400
“She may think she has a quiver. We do, too,” he says.


‘They cover my shrapnel wounds’: Veteran Senate candidate responds to critics using photo of her tattoos
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:36:19 -0400
After a Republican super PAC in Texas posted a photo of Senate candidate MJ Hegar featuring her tattoos and calling her a “radical,” Hegar had a quick response on Twitter: the tattoos covered shrapnel wounds she received as an Air Force helicopter pilot in Afghanistan. A pro-Cornyn Super PAC is using a photo of my tattoos to make me seem "radical."


Man who drove into California protesters used vineyard as 'tactical training camp,' officials say
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:16:00 -0400
Benjamin Hung, 28, is accused of possessing a machete, a Glock and other weapons in his truck and driving into a crowd of racial justice protesters in Pasadena.


Possible virus vulnerability discovered; about 20% of people with COVID-19 remain asymptomatic
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:30:25 -0400
The spike protein on the novel coronavirus that helps it break into healthy cells has a tiny "pocket" that could make it vulnerable to antiviral drugs, researchers have discovered. In a paper published on Monday in Science, researchers note that common-cold-causing rhinoviruses have a similar pocket, and drugs that fit into the pocket by mimicking fatty acids like LA have lessened symptoms in human clinical trials. This suggests, they say, that drugs developed to target the pocket on the coronavirus spike protein might help eliminate COVID-19.


Camp Lejeune Marines Warned to Stop Running in the Dark After 4 Coyote Attacks
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 10:15:54 -0400
Three Marines and a sailor have been bitten by a coyote on the loose at Camp Lejeune.


Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny mocked Putin for suggesting that he poisoned himself
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:08:26 -0400
Putin's critics and opponents have routinely been poisoned and some have been killed. Navalny is seemingly the latest victim.


Who Invited the Far-Right Oath Keepers to Downtown Louisville?
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:00:04 -0400
LOUISVILLE—On Wednesday night, at least 20 members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group, were observed guarding storefronts in downtown Louisville amid sometimes violent unrest over the lack of charges in the police killing of Breonna Taylor. The businesses included Bader’s Food Mart—which is also a Shell gas station—Stewart’s Pawn Shop, and Hampton Inn Downtown Louisville, all at or near the intersection of Jefferson and South 1st Street. All of the businesses, besides the hotel, appeared to be closed at the time.The heavily armed men—many bearing rifles, night-vision goggles, and wearing camouflage—were seen on the roof of Stewart’s Pawn Shop, the perimeter of the Shell station, and in the Hampton Inn parking lot. When asked why they were present, one militia member, who gave his name only as Angry Spongebob, said the owner of the Shell had received threats against the business.“She was told that people wanted to burn it down to the ground,” he told The Daily Beast. “We know her and so we came out to help protect it, because if it goes up, then it takes a significant portion of this block with it.”He didn’t clarify who “she” referred to, but records filed with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office list Paula T. Bader as the president, secretary, and treasurer of Bader’s Food Mart, and she has been identified as the owner in local media reports. In a telephone conversation Thursday, a purported leader of the Oath Keepers on the ground in Louisville, who gave his name as Mike Whipp, said they had been invited by Bader to keep tabs on her business, as well as the pawn shop.According to Whipp, “[Bader] told us she was targeted by activists.”The Far Right Gives Jake Gardner the Kyle Rittenhouse Hero TreatmentBader could not immediately be reached for comment, but the food mart does have a history of violence—and of drawing activist ire.In July, an employee was reportedly shot during an armed robbery attempt. And early this month, an employee reportedly shot a customer after a verbal altercation, according to local police. The individual was fired and later charged with assault.On Sept. 4, a day after the employee allegedly shot a customer, activists with megaphones entered the store, leading Bader to close the place for several days."He was wrong," she told local outlet WDRB of her fired employee. But she also seemed to take umbrage at the prospect of being targeted by local activists."They were waiting on customers," she said. "The next thing they know, the store is full of people with the megaphones.”That day, an account listed under Bader’s name posted on Facebook, “This is the damage, looting and peaceful protesting that occurred at my store. Bader's Food Mart last night. Do you notice the small children. SMH.”When asked Thursday about the presence of a far-right militia group, a man who identified himself as the manager of Stewart’s Pawn Shop and gave only the first name Jeremy told The Daily Beast, “I just work during the day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and have no idea if our owners made a deal with those guys.”When asked about the Shell station, he added, “I do know if it burns, it will harm a lot of people in the city.” Shell corporate did n0t immediately respond to a request for comment.Reached for comment Thursday, Stuart Stein, who is listed in state records as an incorporator of the pawn shop, confirmed he was an owner, but told The Daily Beast, “No comment, talk to someone at the store.” Attempts to reach other individuals listed on incorporation paperwork were unsuccessful.For her part, Mindy Wilson, general manager of Hampton Inn Downtown, told The Daily Beast of the militia, “We don’t know anything about them, so you can stop calling.” Hilton Corporate did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Oath Keepers are a virulently anti-government group founded in 2009 by Stewart Rhodes, a former Ron Paul aide. They have been a fixture at protests and political hot spots in recent years, from Ferguson to Trump rallies, and have been banned from Twitter after peddling conspiracy theories expressing thirst for Civil War.Followers have also been implicated in a slew of violent crimes in recent years, from bomb scares to threats against the government to rape, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.Members of the Oath Keepers group in Louisville claimed they were made up of patriots, Kentuckians, Louisville residents, former and retired members of the military, firefighters, and law enforcement who were merely trying to protect their community. The member who identified himself as Angry Spongebob expressed condolences to the family of Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician who was fatally shot during a botched attempt to serve a warrant on her home.Spongebob said burning the city down was misguided and unfair to the public. There was no evidence of this taking place, despite sporadic small fires in garbage cans on Wednesday.“Go to Frankfort, go to City Hall, don’t take out frustrations on private business owners,” Spongebob told The Daily Beast, blaming the lawlessness on elected officials like Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who declined to charge any cop for killing Taylor.As they often have at protests in recent weeks, the militiamen seemed to operate without harassment from local law enforcement, at least in the hours The Daily Beast observed them after the 9 p.m. curfew on Wednesday. Louisville Metro Police and the Kentucky National Guard did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Meanwhile, police said they made 123 arrests, mostly for unlawful assembly and curfew violations, on Wednesday. At least three journalists were reported to be among them. At least two officers were also shot during the chaos.Whipp, the Oath Keeper spokesperson, suggested there was no reason for his group to catch flak for being out past curfew. This despite increased scrutiny of the seemingly cozy ties between armed vigilantes and police after 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse—who allegedly shot and killed two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August—walked by cops unbothered shortly afterward. On the streets that night, Rittenhouse had attached himself to what amounted to an armed gang of militiamen.“We generally don't have trouble from the police,” Whipp told The Daily Beast. “Police did perceive one of our members as a threat, but we calmed them down, and stated our purpose.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


In wake of Gardner's suicide, special prosecutor offers new details about events leading up to James Scurlock shooting
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 18:39:54 -0400
One day before Jake Gardner fatally shot James Scurlock outside his bar in downtown Omaha, President Trump threatened to send the military to Minneapolis in response to violent clashes between police and protesters following the death of George Floyd in police custody, tweeting “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”


Powerful Vatican Cardinal Becciu resigns amid scandal
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:27:39 -0400
The powerful head of the Vatican's saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, resigned suddenly Thursday from the post and renounced his rights as a cardinal amid a financial scandal that has reportedly implicated him indirectly. The Vatican provided no details on why Pope Francis accepted Becciu's resignation in a statement late Thursday. In the one-sentence announcement, the Holy See said only that Francis had accepted Becciu's resignation as prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints “and his rights connected to the cardinalate."


Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign slapped with FEC flag over suspected accounting errors
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 10:36:05 -0400
The latest probe into the campaign accounting comes just days after McConnell weighed in on Trump's court pick


'Send me a text': Obama calls on Americans to get in touch with thoughts on US election
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:49:34 -0400
Former president has been campaigning for Joe Biden


Pregnant woman rescues husband from shark attack in Florida
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:24:20 -0400
Margot Dukes-Eddy dived into the water to save her husband "without hesitation", police say.


Hong Kong press body says new police media rules could limit scrutiny
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:07:20 -0400
The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) said on Thursday a move by police to narrow the definition of "media representatives" allowed at public events such as protests could limit scrutiny on law enforcers. The guidelines, officially changed on Wednesday, now exclude recognition of press passes issued by local media associations such as HKJA and Hong Kong Press Photographers Association (HKPPA), while accepting journalists from 205 bodies registered with the government and international media. News associations say the move could limit the work of and raise the risks of arrest for freelancers and student reporters, who have captured some of the most striking scenes of the pro-democracy protests that roiled the city last year, including a video of a police officer shooting a demonstrator in October.


Kodak Black wants out of his hellacious Kentucky prison, stat, new lawsuit says
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 11:10:03 -0400
Being behind bars is certainly no fun, but for Kodak Black it’s hell, a new suit claims.


Elizabeth Warren, AOC blast Wells Fargo CEO for blaming 'very limited pool of Black talent' for the bank's trouble hitting its diversity-hiring goals
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:12:00 -0400
"Its CEO has an unfathomable blind spot," Warren said, adding Wells Fargo is "part of a financial system that scams Black families disproportionately."


Low tide reveals WWII-era bomb on beach near resort town in UK
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:11:28 -0400
The World War II era explosive was found on a beach north of Weston-Super-Mare, a popular seaside vacation town in the Bristol Channel.


Tucker Carlson Accuses BLM of Lying About Breonna Taylor’s Death, Gets Major Fact Wrong
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 22:24:35 -0400
Fox News host Tucker Carlson reacted Wednesday night to Louisville police officers dodging charges in the killing of Breonna Taylor by claiming Black Lives Matter had peddled a “lie” about the 26-year-old’s fatal shooting, all while falsely accusing Taylor’s boyfriend of being a drug dealer.With protests erupting in Louisville hours after a grand jury decided not to charge three cops with killing Taylor, Carlson recapped the decision while complaining about the way Taylor’s death had been portrayed by social justice activists and the press.“In March, three Louisville police officers served a search warrant at the apartment of a woman called Breonna Taylor,” Carlson said. “They knocked outside and announced they were from the police department and then they entered the apartment.”While Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said that one civilian witness testified they heard police announce themselves before breaking through Taylor’s door, media interviews with residents at the complex reveal that the vast majority didn’t hear the officers do that. The New York Times found one neighbor, who was directly above the apartment, say they heard the police announce themselves.Carlson went on to note that Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend who was at the apartment that night, fired on the police after they entered the apartment. Walker has maintained that he never heard the officers announce themselves as police and believed someone was breaking in. But Carlson portrayed the incident as an attack on police officers by someone who he mistakenly referred to as “supposedly a drug dealer.”“Walker was Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend—he was also supposedly a drug dealer,” Carlson declared. “That was one of the reasons the police were there. Walker admits that he fired first and that he shot a police officer.”Walker, however, was nowhere to be found on any of the series of warrants that were served by police, including the “no-knock” warrant on Taylor’s apartment by three plainclothes policemen. Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jemarcus Glover, was the subject of the investigation by Louisville police, while Walker has no drug offenses to his name.Glover, meanwhile, has accused Louisville prosecutors of trying to bribe him with a plea deal in order to incriminate Taylor, claiming they offered a lighter sentence in exchange for testimony that Taylor was part of a criminal organization. Glover currently faces charges of drug trafficking and criminal syndication.Carlson would go on to say “those are the facts of the case” before turning his ire towards Black Lives Matter, saying “BLM lied about how Breonna Taylor died” and that her killing was falsely described as a “murder.”Towards the end of his program, however, Carlson issued an on-air correction about how he described Walker, insisting he “inadvertently” mixed up Walker and Glover.“We made a mistake at the top of the show and we want to correct it, as we always do,” the Fox News host stated. “We flipped the names around of a couple people inadvertently. We said police believed Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend was a drug dealer—he might have been. We meant to say her ex-boyfriend. We wanted to correct that, sorry.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


ByteDance just asked China for permission to export TikTok's technology as it tries to finalize a deal with the US government
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 02:23:04 -0400
TikTok's powerful algorithm is one of the biggest sticking points for both China and the US as confusion erupted over the deal terms this week.


China’s Statist System Is No Match for Free Markets
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 06:30:22 -0400
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from the book Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World by H. R. McMaster. Copyright © 2020 by H. R. McMaster. The book was published on September 22, 2020, by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Reprinted by permission. Part I of the excerpt is here.The CCP views its centralized, statist economic system as bestowing advantages, especially the ability to successfully coordinate efforts across government, business, academia, and the military. And it views America’s and other nations’ decentralized, free-market economic systems as rendering them unable to compete with China’s centrally-directed strategies, such as Made in China 2025, OBOR, and Military-Civilian Fusion. That is why the United States and other free-market economies need to demonstrate the competitive advantages of decentralization and unconstrained entrepreneurialism while defending themselves from Chinese predation. Here, the private sector plays a vital role. Companies and academic institutions at the forefront of developing and applying new technologies must recognize that China is breaking the rules to take advantage of our open societies and free-market economies. A first step toward preserving competitive advantage is to crack down on Chinese theft of our technologies. Although there have been significant reforms in national-security reviews of foreign investments, another effective defense would be to enforce requirements that U.S. companies report investment by China-related entities, technology transfer requests, and participation in the CCP’s core technology development or PLA modernization programs.There is much room for improvement in the effort to prevent China from using the open nature of the U.S. economy to promote not only its state capitalist model, but also to perfect its surveillance police state. Many universities, research labs, and companies in countries that value the rule of law and individual rights are witting or unwitting accomplices in the CCP’s use of technology to repress its people and improve PLA capabilities. For dual-use technologies, the private sector should seek new partnerships with those who share commitments to free-market economies, representative government, and the rule of law. Many companies are engaged in joint ventures or partnerships that help the CCP develop technologies suited for internal security, such as surveillance, artificial intelligence, and biogenetics. Others accede to Chinese investments that give the CCP access to such technology. In one of many examples, a Massachusetts-based company provided DNA sampling equipment that helped the CCP track Uighurs in the Xinjiang region. Google has been hacked by China, used by the CCP to shut off the Chinese people’s access to information, and refused to work with the U.S. Department of Defense on artificial intelligence. Companies that knowingly collaborate with CCP efforts to repress the Chinese people or to build military capabilities that might one day be used against those companies’ fellow citizens should be penalized.Tougher screening for U.S., European, and Japanese capital markets would also help restrict firms’ complicity in helping the CCP’s authoritarian agenda. Many Chinese companies directly or indirectly involved in domestic human-rights abuses and violation of international treaties are listed on American stock exchanges. Those companies benefit from U.S. and other Western investors. There are more than 700 Chinese companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, about 62 on the NASDAQ Composite index, and more than 500 in the poorly regulated over-the-counter market. One company that is a candidate for delisting is Hikvision, a company responsible for facial-recognition technology that identifies and monitors the movement of ethnic Uighurs. Hikvision produces surveillance cameras that line the walls of Chinese concentration camps in Xinjiang. Together with its parent company, the state-owned China Electronics Technology Group, Hikvision is on the U.S. Commerce Department Entity List (what many call “the Blacklist”). Free-market economies like ours have far more leverage than they are using because they control the vast majority of the world’s capital.Defensive measures, however, are inadequate. Free and open societies need to become more competitive through reform and investments. China here has a clear advantage in the adoption of new technologies. Its centralized decision-making system, government subsidies, underwriting of risk, the relative lack of the kinds of regulations and bureaucratic hurdles typical in the United States and other democratic nations, and the lack of ethical impediments (e.g., in the areas of biogenetics and autonomous weapons) all foster fast application of technologies in the civil sector and the PLA. Although the United States and other nations should not compromise their ethics, many of the weaknesses relative to China are self-imposed. For example, the U.S. national-security institutions suffer from chronic bureaucratic inertia. The slow, inflexible nature of defense budgeting and procurement in the United States has long been studied, with little effective change. But the stakes are now too high to tolerate the lack of predictable multi-year procurement budgets, convoluted procurement systems, and deferred defense modernization. The sheer difficulty of doing business with the Department of Defense discourages the most innovative small companies from contributing to defense capabilities and makes it difficult to innovate within the life cycle of emerging technologies. The old model of multi-year research and development to design and test a capability is no longer valid. The U.S. Department of Defense and military services risk exquisite irrelevance as the PLA develops new capabilities and countermeasures that vitiate longstanding American military advantages. Reducing barriers to collaboration between the private sector and national-security and defense-related industries could release the potential of free-market innovation in this critical area.But even streamlining bureaucracy will prove insufficient to compete with the vast investments China is making in emerging dual-use technologies that will advantage its data economy and its military capabilities. That is why government and private-sector investment in technologies in the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, and materials science will prove crucial for the United States to maintaining differential advantages over an increasingly capable and aggressive PLA. Defense cooperation across the Indo-Pacific region should extend to multinational development of future defense capabilities, with the ultimate goal of convincing the CCP that it cannot accomplish objectives through the use of force. Multinational cooperation in the development of space and cyberspace capabilities could also deter Chinese aggression in these contested domains. And Taiwan’s defense capabilities must be sufficient to ward off China’s designs for what would be a costly war with the potential of expanding across large portions of East Asia.


RBG to lie in repose at Supreme Court today
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 05:17:36 -0400
Jane Hampton Cook, presidential historian, joins 'Fox and Friends First' to break down Ruth Bader Ginsburg's accomplishments and legacy.


Russia's season of war games unites West-weary allies
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 10:22:21 -0400
President Vladimir Putin will on Friday oversee massive military exercises as Russia stages a series of drills with China and other allies amid fresh tensions with the West.


Column: How Democrats could curb a conservative SCOTUS without court-packing - Frankel
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:39:35 -0400
President Donald Trump and Republicans in the U.S. Senate are barreling forward with plans to lock down conservative control of the U.S. Supreme Court for decades to come. The president has said he will announce his nominee on Saturday to fill the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. According to an upcoming California Law Review article, The Supreme Court and the 117th Congress, Congress can home in on how the Supreme Court decides which cases to hear.


Trump advisor diagnosed with head cancer following leave of absence
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 18:06:26 -0400
Michael Caputo has been diagnosed with metastatic head and neck cancer, spokesperson says


A man didn’t like being arrested, so he fought back — through a Florida deputy’s pants
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:51:57 -0400
Ouch. Pass the Neosporin.


'Placed intentionally to cause harm': Michigan city closes playgrounds after discovery of 41 razor blades
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 23:13:48 -0400
The Eaton Rapids Police Department found razor blades at two playgrounds, prompting the city to temporarily close all parks to ensure safety.


Breonna Taylor: What happened on the night of her death?
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:23:43 -0400
The 26-year-old was killed by police in her Louisville home, sparking protests and calls for justice.


Former Fox News Regular Joe diGenova Claims Network Is Beholden to George Soros
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:22:36 -0400
Long-time Trump ally and former Fox News regular Joe diGenova lashed out at the conservative-leaning network on Wednesday, claiming Fox News “fears George Soros” and wondering aloud what the liberal philanthropist “has on” Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott.For more than a week now, right-wing media outlets and pro-Trump pundits have railed against Fox News for an on-air segment that featured multiple hosts shutting down Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich just as he began a conspiratorial rant against Soros—who has long been the target of anti-Semitic tropes from the right. After Gingrich asked if the topic was “verboten,” the discussion ended in a long awkward silence.Amid a growing backlash from conservatives—who felt Gingrich was being silenced from criticizing a right-wing bogeyman—Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner later issued an on-air apology for the segment, describing the former speaker as “beloved” and “needed to be allowed to speak.” Gingrich, meanwhile, authored an op-ed complaining that he was the victim of a “Soros cover-up.”DiGenova, who has been absent from Fox airwaves for nearly a year after baselessly accusing Soros of controlling the State Department, appeared on former Fox News contributor Sebastian Gorka’s radio program on Wednesday to claim Fox is in the pocket of the liberal billionaire. (Gorka, a one-time Trump assistant, continues to make frequent guest spots on Fox Business Network.)> Banned Fox News guest and right-wing attorney Joe DiGenova and Seb Gorka are going all in, alleging that ”Fox News fears George Soros, ” while further theorizing about what Soros ”has on” Fox CEO Suzanne Scott. pic.twitter.com/gWEI8nHBws> > — Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) September 23, 2020Alongside his wife Victoria Toensing—both have served as attorneys for President Donald Trump—diGenova argued that Faulkner personally owed Gingrich an apology for interrupting his anti-Soros tirade, adding that she “didn’t correct the record” and acknowledge that Soros has funded local district attorney races. (Gingrich alleged that “George Soros-elected, left-wing, anti-police, pro-criminal district attorneys who refuse to keep people locked up” was the main cause of violence at protests.)“Let me just tell you something: Fox fears George Soros,” diGenova exclaimed. “I don’t know what it is, I don’t know what George Soros has on Suzanne Scott—the head of Fox—but the bottom line is this: that network is compromised when it comes to Soros!”At the same time, the Trump-boosting attorney applauded Fox News star Tucker Carlson’s recent anti-Soros monologues, saying the far-right host is “strong enough” to do it while lamenting others will not.“But there are other nighttime hosts who will not touch Soros,” he concluded. “They’ve been told not to. I don’t know why they won’t do it. It’s unbelievable!”Fox News came under fire last year from several Jewish organizations after diGenova said on Lou Dobbs’ show that Soros “controls a very large part” of the State Department and has “corrupted FBI officials,” dabbling in the right-wing trope that the Jewish billionaire was a political puppeteer.Several groups called on Fox to explicitly ban diGenova from its airwaves and issue a public apology, citing the network’s decision to bar a previous guest for similar remarks. While the network never publicly declared that diGenova was no longer welcome, he hasn’t appeared on air since late last year.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Parents knowingly sent kids with coronavirus to school, Wisconsin officials say
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 13:00:52 -0400
“A handful of irresponsible parents could be responsible for closing down entire school districts,” the Washington-Ozaukee public health director said.


Navy releases documents from Cold War loss of submarine
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:53:52 -0400
The Navy began releasing documents from the investigation into the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history on Wednesday, but the Navy said the documents released under a court order don’t shed any new light on the cause of the sinking. The first of the documents released were 300 pages from the official inquiry into the sinking of the USS Thresher on April 10, 1963. The loss of the nuclear-powered submarine and all 129 men aboard during a test dive in the Atlantic Ocean delivered a blow to national pride during the Cold War and became the impetus for safety improvements.


Trump met with chants of 'Vote him out' while paying respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 11:35:02 -0400
As President Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court on Thursday, they were met by spectators who chanted “Vote him out.”


LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and his billions are disrupting the Democratic Party
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 13:57:50 -0400
LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman is one of the Democratic Party's most prominent donors — but what does it mean to disrupt an election?


Saudis warn U.N. of oil spot in shipping lane near decaying Yemen tanker
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 21:06:44 -0400


Falling highway sign crushes passing pickup truck, kills driver, Ohio police say
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:13:21 -0400
A dump truck with its bed raised caused the sign to tumble, police say.


124 immigrant children held in 3 Phoenix hotels under Trump policy, court records show
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 07:35:59 -0400
A federal judge has given the Trump administration until Sept. 28 to stop the practice of holding immigrant children in hotels for prolonged periods.


Woman charged with hate crime after footage showed her attacking black jogger in New York City
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 20:09:49 -0400
‘Crimes like this, which are fueled by hate, are in a special category for a reason’


Mysterious beaked whale smashes mammal diving record
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 11:06:02 -0400
A Cuvier's beaked whale stays under water for almost four hours, leaving scientists puzzled.


Bollywood superstar Padukone summoned by police in drugs probe
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 10:38:37 -0400
Bollywood superstar Deepika Padukone has been summoned for questioning as part of an escalating drugs probe into the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Indian police said late Wednesday.


Husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein Admits Helping Well-Connected Applicants to University of California: ‘No One Ever Told Me It Was Wrong’
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:06:02 -0400
The husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) admitted on Thursday to sending an inappropriate letter identified in a state audit that appeared to help an applicant to the University of California, Berkeley, get accepted to the school.The California State Auditor issued a scathing report on Tuesday that found the University of California system admitted 64 students from 2013 through 2018 based on those students' connections to university staff or donors, instead of their academic records."These inappropriate admissions decisions…denied more qualified applicants educational opportunities," the report states. One admission at UC Berkeley was "particularly problematic," because the school "appears to have admitted this student because of an inappropriate letter of support from a university Regent."Senator Feinstein's husband Richard Blum, a financier and University of California Regent, said he was the author of the letter in comments to the San Francisco Chronicle. Blum also admitted that he had written numerous such letters over the years to UC chancellors at multiple campuses."I did it a bunch of times," Blum said. "No one ever told me it was wrong." Blum is the founder of Blum Capital, and is reportedly worth roughly $1 billion.Of the 64 inappropriate admissions uncovered by the California auditor, 42 took place at UC Berkeley. Most of the applicants were white, and the families of at least half of the applicants' families have $150,000 or higher incomes."The pervasiveness of this problem at UC Berkeley demonstrates that campus leadership has failed to establish a campus culture that values commitment to an admissions process based on fairness and applicants' merits and achievements," according to the report.The report comes over a year after the Justice Department uncovered a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme led by William Singer, who helped various wealthy families cheat college admissions standards.


Trump and Xi's dueling U.N. speeches put 'great fracture' on display
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 09:49:00 -0400
"We must do everything to avoid a new Cold War," Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. "We are moving in a very dangerous direction,"