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President Donald Trump's campaign legal team hosted a barn-burner press conference Thursday during which Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani alleged that there is evidence of a "centralized" plan in a "national conspiracy" by Democrats to steal the 2020 presidential election. Giuliani did not show specific evidence of a conspiracy to commit widespread voter fraud, instead stating that this is the "logical conclusion" he reached by studying several allegations of voting irregularities in various contested battleground states. "What I'm describing to you is a massive fraud," Giuliani said. He was joined by attorney Sidney Powell and Trump campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis. Trump's lawyers challenged reporters who claim there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud, insisting that the sworn affidavits in various lawsuits being undertaken by the campaign will prove in court that fraud not only took place but was so voluminous that former vice president Joe Biden's victory was illegitimate and will be overturned. The existence of the sworn affidavits is the evidence, they insisted. "There's not a singular voter fraud in one state. This pattern that repeats itself in a number of states, almost exactly the same pattern," Giuliani claimed, saying this pattern suggests "there's a plan
In his first public interview since being arrested, Kyle Rittenhouse — the 17-year-old charged with fatally shooting two people and injuring a third during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August — told the Washington Post that he doesn't regret bringing a firearm to the riots."No I don't regret it. I feel I had to protect myself," he said, speaking on the phone from the juvenile detention center where he is currently being held. "I would have died that night if I didn't.""I was going into a place where people had guns, and God forbid somebody brought a gun to me and decided to shoot me ... I wanted to be protected, which, I ended up having to protect myself," Rittenhouse added. During the interview, the Post also learned that Rittenhouse, who was too young to purchase a firearm himself, had arranged for an adult friend to buy it with government stimulus money Rittenhouse had received.Rittenhouse has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide for his actions the night of August 25, which led to the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and the injury of Gaige Grosskreutz. If convicted, he will serve
The liberal Democratic governor of Washington's new COVID -19 restriction banning congregational singing in religious worship services is not sitting well with many citizens. One Washington celebrity, Broadway star Chad Kimball, made it clear what the governor can do with his ban on musical worship. What did the governor do? Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued new COVID-19 restrictions for his state Sunday. Those new restrictions are widespread and include limits on social gatherings, closings of bars, restaurants, and gyms, occupancy restrictions for businesses, bans on indoor sporting events, and prohibitions on wedding receptions and funeral wakes. Many citizens of the Evergreen State took serious issue with those new state dictates, but what really set off a significant share of the population was the governor's treatment of religion and the exercise thereof. Inslee's declaration places hard limits on the number of people permitted to attend a religious service, prohibits choirs, bands, and ensembles, and outright bans congregational singing, which is a vital part of worship for many faiths. From the governor's declaration (emphasis added): Religious Services are limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ripped sheriffs in the state who've recently declared they won't be enforcing Cuomo's COVID-19 restrictions over Thanksgiving — particularly the one that bans gatherings of more than 10 people."I don't believe as a law enforcement officer you have a right to pick and choose what laws you will enforce," Cuomo said Wednesday during an Albany news conference. What's the background?Cuomo announced new restrictions last week in response to the COVID-19 surge, saying gatherings in the state would be limited to just 10 people, including at private residences."New York follows the science," the far-left Democrat said of his decision. "We know indoor gatherings and parties are a major source of COVID spread. To slow the spread, NYS will limit indoor gatherings at private residences to 10 people. This limit takes effect Friday at 10 p.m."But Cuomo didn't say how the new restrictions would be enforced and left those decisions up to local authorities — after which Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino said he wouldn't be doing any cracking down."With regard to the Thanksgiving Executive Order, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office will NOT be enforcing it against our County residents," Giardino wrote in a Facebook post.Then Washington
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a 70-ton boulder named Chamberlin Rock — in honor of Thomas Crowder Chamberlin, a geologist and former university president, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.But on Oct. 9, 1925, the Wisconsin State Journal printed a story about the process of digging up the boulder — and it was referred to in the story as a "n*****head," which was a commonly used expression in the 1920s to describe any large dark rock, the paper said.It's unclear if or for how long the boulder was called that racist name, the Journal said, adding that the term itself appeared to fade from common usage by the 1950s. In addition, the paper said university historians identified the news story as the only known instance of the offensive term being used. Fast forward to 2020But in the wake of George Floyd's death in May and the nationwide protests and rioting that followed — including the tearing down and demands for removal of statues and monuments with any connection to racism — the Wisconsin Black Student Union followed suit over the summer and called for the
As coronavirus cases spike across much of the country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its holiday guidelines recommending that people refrain from traveling for Thanksgiving and wear masks around the dinner table."Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19," the agency says on its website. "Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year."Instead, Americans should "consider making other plans, such as hosting a virtual gathering or delaying your travel."For those not traveling but still planning to attend a gathering, health officials recommend that it be with only members of their immediate household — or those who have been living together already for at least two weeks.If gathering with individuals outside one's household, the CDC advises wearing a mask and maintaining six feet of distance away from others."Always wear a mask in public settings, when using public transportation, and when around people who you don't live with,the guidance continues. "Wear a mask and safely store your mask while eating and drinking."During a news conference on Thursday, Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC's COVID-19 incident manager, relayed a
Police are looking for two suspects in connection with a brutal attack on a 60-year-old woman last Friday. The attack took place in a subway station elevator near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, according to TMZ. What are the details? According to the outlet, an unnamed 60-year-old woman reportedly tried to reason with a young couple to put on masks before joining her in the subway station elevator. Video surveillance of the exchange shows the woman appearing to speak to the couple about their lack of masks. Instead of complying with her purported request, a young male can be seen forcing his way past the woman as his young accomplice gets into a scuffle with the older woman. The male suspect can then be seen exiting the elevator, and when outside the doors, he begins to strike the older woman, knocking her down on the ground. The three continue to scuffle as the woman is down on the ground, and both the male and the female can be seen raining blows down on her. After the incident, both suspects — who the New York Post reports are believed to be in their
David Atkins, a newly elected California member of the Democratic National Committee, declared recently that Democrats and liberals should "start thinking in terms of post-WWII Germany or Japan" in order to "deprogram 75 million people." The 75 million people he referred to are presumably Trump supporters. According to the Associated Press, President Donald Trump received more than 73 million votes during the 2020 presidential election. What are the details? Conservative activist Jack Posobiec tweeted Atkins' remarks, captioning them, "A Democrat Party official in California is calling for national re-education camps for families who voted for Trump. This is not OK." A Democrat Party official in California is calling for national re-education camps for families who voted for Trump… https://t.co/0Kz30tkl36 — Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸)1605800332.0 The tweets in question began, "How do you deprogram 75 million people who would literally die to stick it to the domestic enemies the teevee and youtube conspiracy vids told them to hate?"How do you deprogram 75 million people who would literally die to stick it to the domestic enemies the
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is being called "a racist piece of trash" and a "white supremacist" after defending the legacy of the Mayflower Compact and criticizing an article in the New York Times that called the story of the Pilgrims a "myth" and re-examined the "cruel history" of Thanksgiving. In a speech delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday, Cotton honored the anniversary of the Pilgrims' arrival in America in 1620 and lamented that "there appear to be few commemorations, parades, or festivals to celebrate the Pilgrims this year." The Pilgrims were a group of settlers who traveled on the Mayflower and arrived at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620, establishing the first permanent New England colony in America. The Mayflower Compact was a covenant signed by the settlers giving honor to God, pledging their loyalty to the King of England, and establishing rules for self-government in the new colony to "covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering." Cotton said that "revisionist charlatans of the radical left" who have "lately claimed the previous year as America's true founding" were at
The San Francisco Bay Area has gained a reputation for being pretty trashy. The garbage problem in San Jose has gotten so bad that the city last week launched a new "Cash for Trash" program to pay homeless people to pick up garbage. San Francisco's district attorney announced last November that he would not be prosecuting any so-called "quality-of-life crimes," including public urination, camping on the streets, blocking sidewalks, and sex solicitation. And everybody is aware of the City by the Bay's poop problem: Actual human waste on the streets of a major American city has become such a problem that elected officials had to create a "Poop Patrol" to deal with it. Now San Francisco is dealing with a new pollution problem tied directly to the pandemic: Used masks, gloves, and other PPE being discarded in the streets by its citizens. What's that? The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that the "fall flush" of rain during the stormy season pushed more than just the usual trash into streams, creeks, rivers, and the bay.
A new Pennsylvania COVID-19 mandate requires the wearing of masks in homes when members of different households gather, the Associated Press reported. What are the details? Dr. Rachel Levine, the state health secretary, said Tuesday the order applies even if people are physically distant, the AP noted. But Levine acknowledged that officials are relying on voluntary compliance rather than on enforcement, the outlet added. The order applies to every indoor facility, in addition to private homes, the AP said. More from the outlet: A separate order mandates that people who are traveling to Pennsylvania from another state, as well as Pennsylvania residents who are returning home from out of state, must test negative for the virus within 72 hours prior to arrival. The order does not apply to people traveling back and forth for work or medical treatment. People who refuse to be tested will be required to quarantine for 14 days, Levine said.Again, the state has no plans to enforce that measure, but is asking for voluntary compliance. The AP said health officials blamed the spread of the virus in part to small indoor gatherings, and Levine noted that how Pennsylvania does in the coming