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Oklahoma Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Block Trump Rally

Supporters of President Donald Trump outside Tulsa's BOK Center / Getty Images
Supporters of President Donald Trump outside Tulsa’s BOK Center / Getty Images

The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit Friday from Stormy Daniels’s lawyer challenging President Donald Trump’s upcoming Tulsa rally.

The suit was previously rejected by a Tulsa County District Court judge, but Brewster appealed to the state Supreme Court on Thursday. That appeal was rejected Friday afternoon.

According to the Trump campaign, more than 1 million people have requested tickets for the event, which is set to begin Saturday evening.

Only 6% of BLM spending went to local chapters and grassroots organizations, while millions went towards travel and staff compensation: report

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The news raises suspicions that top staffers at the organization are cashing in on the movement for racial justice and equality while grassroots organizations go largely unsupported.

The report comes as BLM Global Network reported more than 1.1 million individual donations at an average of $33 per donation — which adds up to at least $36.3 million — since the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.

In light of the news, the organization said that it was setting aside over $12 million for local chapters and other black-led grassroots organizations.

High School History Teacher Throws Out Textbooks For Radical Marxist ‘History’ Book

Howard Zinn’s 1980 left-wing revisionist history book, “A People’s History of the United States,” is a Marxist’s take on American history.

This class warfare, victim narrative, famously praised by Matt Damon in his 1997 academy award winning movie, Good Will Hunting, has sold more than two million copies and gone through five editions.

In short, the book is a Marxist narrative whereby American history is viewed exclusively through the prism of race and class.

In her TikTok video, posted in the wake of the George Floyd riots, Annie explains she will no longer be using official textbooks in her classroom because they “omit a lot of the truth from our past.”

Twitter ‘Fact-Checks’ Obviously Fake Trump Video About ‘Racist Baby’

Late Thursday night, Twitter tagged a video shared by President Donald Trump mocking CNN coverage of two babies running on the sidewalk as “manipulated content.”

Twitter also released a news notification to users that “journalists confirmed” the video was fake.

Some were quick to link to the original story from CNN published in September to point out that the president’s obviously fake video was actually indeed fake.

The clear double-standard has caught the attention of Washington lawmakers.

60 Groups Ask Congress To Make Big Tech CEOs Testify In Antitrust Investigation

More than 60 groups sent two letters asking the House Judiciary Committee to “compel the testimony of the chief executives and any other relevant leaders of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google” about big tech companies’ possible violations of antitrust laws.

The letters come more than a year after the House Judiciary Committee first announced an investigation in big tech companies’ actions.

“After a year of work on your bipartisan investigation, and with only six months remaining in the current legislative session, now is the time to act to ensure that the investigation can be brought to a successful conclusion and that any subsequent report can be written with full consideration given to all relevant materials,” stated one of the letters.

First on ‘Tucker’: Stepmother of ex-Atlanta officer charged in Rayshard Brooks killing fired from her job

FOX NEWS Video: Commentary/Opinion:
Melissa Rolfe is terminated from her role of HR director at Equity Prime Mortgage.

Virginia Employment Commission looking into cases of workers refusing to return to work

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LisaCarter / Shutterstock.com

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) revealed Friday it is investigating more than 12,000 cases of unemployment claimants refusing to go back to work as the state begins to lift COVID-19 restrictions placed on businesses.

“With all of Virginia in Phase 2 of reopening, business activity has continued to increase,” VEC said in a news release.

“As employers have resumed operations, many have attempted to recall furloughed or laid-off employees to work.

While certain circumstances, such as health, child care or other caregiver responsibilities, may warrant continued payments of unemployment benefits to a claimant who has refused to return to work, the payments will be paused pending the outcome of an administrative review.”

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Ex-DIA analyst who leaked classified material to reporters sentenced to 30 months in prison

DOJ building in Washington DC in 2019
(Alastair Pike/AFP via Getty Image)
DOJ building in Washington DC in 2019
(Alastair Pike/AFP via Getty Image)

Henry Kyle Frese, a counterterrorism analyst from February 2018 to October 2019 before he was arrested, apologized to a federal judge in Alexandria, Va., for his conduct and said his motive for leaking was to advance relationships, including one with a reporter whom he was dating at the time.

“It was never for personal gain or out of anger.

It was never for political reasons,” said Frese, who previously pleaded guilty to leaking national secrets to two journalists and a consultant.

“At the time, I thought my reasons were important.

Protesters wrap George Washington statue in American flag, set flag on fire, rip statue down

 Protesters in Portland lit a US flag on fire and draped it around a George Washington Statue they later pulled down.
Protesters in Portland lit a US flag on fire and draped it around a George Washington Statue they later pulled down.

Also scrawled on the statue was the epithet “genocidal colonist,” though George Washington, the country’s first president, is not known to have committed a mass killing of any kind and commanded Patriot forces in the war for American independence from British colonial rule.

The statue’s destruction was captured on video. In the footage, crowds of protesters can be heard shrieking and cheering as the monument is toppled.

Twitter Permanently Blacklists British Conservative Katie Hopkins

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Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

A Twitter spokeswoman confirmed that Hopkins has been permanently banned in an email to Breitbart News, accusing her of “hateful conduct.”

Hopkins previously faced a temporary suspension from the social media platform following pressure on Twitter from the Center for Countering Digital Hate, the same far-left British organization that assisted NBC’s recent hitpiece against The Federalist and ZeroHedge, which resulted in Google pulling ad revenue from the latter and threatening the former with the same.

The British nonprofit’s purpose appears to be to smear conservative and right-wing news sources. As previously reported:

Lara Trump says Tulsa rally is ‘kick off to reopen the country’

Trump 2020 campaign senior advisor Lara Trump tells ‘America’s Newsroom’ the team is ‘going above and beyond’ to implement CDC guidelines for the rally in Tulsa.

NYPD Are Being Encouraged To Strike On July 4 In Response To City’s Anti-Police Sentiment

The move comes after weeks of police officers around the United States facing unprecedented backlash as a result of the death of George Floyd. So far, officers in Buffalo and Atlanta have both been reported to have resigned and/or called out en masse and now it looks like the New York Police Department could be next.

A text message that is going around between NYPD officers says “NYPD cops will strike on July 4th to let the city have their independence without cops,” according to the NY Post.

“Cops that say we can’t strike because of the Taylor Law, the people and this city doesn’t [sic] honor us why honor them [sic],” the message reads. The origin of the messages are unclear.

Politics:

‘It Is Rather Silly’ — Ben Carson Weighs In On Removing Historic Statues

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Screen Shot_Ben Carson_Fox News_Grabien

Commentary/Opinion:
In an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, Carson was asked about the removal of statues of historical figures such as Christopher Columbus and Thomas Jefferson, to which he responded by saying it is “rather silly” and described why he thinks they should remain standing.

Hemmer also mentioned Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s decision to have four paintings of former Speakers who served in the Confederacy removed from the U.S. Capitol.

Carson’s remarks come on Juneteenth, the celebration of the liberation of those who had been held as slaves in the U.S.

Tucker: There are two versions of the law

Commentary/Opinion:
America’s shutdown exposed huge double standard.

LSU to rename Middleton Library, citing former president’s support for segregation

Lousiana State University President Troy Middleton, center,
Lousiana State University President Troy Middleton, center, answers questions as LSU administrators appeared before a special committee of ten state legislators in open hearing after 66 members of the LSU faculty were reported to have signed a petition protesting pending legislation closing schools should integration be forced, in Baton Rouge, June 11, 1958. William Shaw, right, legal counsel for segregation committee, asks questions while Sen. William Rainach, chairman of the special committee and a state segregation leader is at left. Richard Tolbert / AP file photo

Troy H. Middleton was a senior Army officer best known for his role in World War II’s “Battle of the Bulge.” He was LSU’s president from 1951 until 1962.

Black student leaders launched the effort to rename Middleton Library, citing its namesake’s staunch opposition to integration during his years leading the school. A new name has not been selected.

“LSU students shouldn’t be asked to study in a library bearing the name of someone who didn’t want them to be LSU students,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said during the board’s online meeting.

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Criminal justice reforms approved in New Jersey Assembly

“Bias, discrimination and racism are deeply embedded in our criminal justice system,” said Assembly Democrats Shanique Speight, D-Essex, Angela McKnight, D-Hudson, and Britnee Timberlake D-Essex who sponsored legislation requiring the attorney general to collect information on those arrested.

“We see this in the significant racial disparities across the system, from arrests to convictions to incarcerations.

Defendants of color often see a much different criminal justice system than their white counterparts, and one that’s less likely to deliver a fair and just process.”

The bills go to the Senate for approval.

Horowitz: Time’s up: Trump doesn’t need permission of cities participating in insurrection to send in military

Noah Riffe/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Noah Riffe/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

This question was settled long ago.

State governments never had the power to violate life, liberty, or property, pursuant to Art. IV, §2, cl. 1 of the Constitution, which prohibited states from violating core natural rights from the very first day of the republic.

In 1867, however, the 14th Amendment’s Privileges and Immunities Clause gave the federal government enforcement power over states that violate those natural rights, which were specified at the federal level in the Bill of Rights after states had already adopted the original Constitution.

In response to the Civil War, Congress passed a law in 1871 to authorize the president to put down any insurrection. It was the original enforcement legislation designed to put teeth into the 14th Amendment, as envisioned under Sec. 5 of that amendment,

World News:

China accuses Australia of making ‘baseless’ cyberattack claims

China’s foreign ministry has denied responsibility for sustained cyberattacks, instead accusing Australia of making “baseless” claims.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday confirmed all levels of government were targeted in a “malicious” cyberattack launched by a “sophisticated state-based actor”.

Mr Morrison refused to name the state responsible but strategic security experts pointed the finger at Beijing.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman said the hacking claims originated from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and accused the organisation of creating an “anti-China” agenda.

U.N. Sets Up Inquiry Into Racism After George Floyd Death

Delegates stand in front of a TV screen during the vote of a resolution on racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd,
Delegates stand in front of a TV screen during the vote of a resolution on racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland June 19, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS

The 47-member-state forum unanimously adopted a resolution brought by African countries.

The mandate also asks U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to examine government responses to peaceful protests, including alleged use of excessive force, and deliver findings in a year’s time.

During the debate, Western delegations including Australia, Germany, Italy, Poland and the European Union said that the United States should not be singled out.

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China’s Emissions Jump By The Most Since 2011

Chinese CO2 emissions accounted for the single largest share of global carbon emissions last year – 28.8 percent, according to BP’s annual statistics report.

China was also the key driver of energy consumption growth last year when global growth slowed down to 1.3 percent from 2.8 percent energy demand growth in 2018.

China, for its part, saw its coal capacity surge in 2019 to the point of raising the world’s net capacity additions of coal-fired power generation for the first time since 2015, a report from environmental organizations showed earlier this year.

At the start of this year, leading environmental economist Lord Nicholas Stern said that China would be the key to the global action to fight carbon emissions and climate change.

According to Lord Stern, China needs to reduce its reliance on coal, which continues to drive emissions despite the massive uptake of renewable energy sources.

Commentary/Opinion:

Why Are Black Conservatives Called Uncle Tom?—Larry Elder Talks George Floyd Protests & New Film

Are police actually using deadly force disproportionately against black people?

And how does the focus on police overshadow other monumental problems facing black America today?

Why is believing that, black lives matter, not the same as supporting the Black Lives Matter organization?

And, why are black conservatives often excluded from mainstream public awareness and discourse?

In this episode, we sit down again with radio talk show personality and bestselling author Larry Elder, who hosts The Larry Elder Show for The Epoch Times.

He is the executive producer of the new documentary “Uncle Tom.”