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News and Headlines.10/1/2020

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In The News:

Photographer Went Undercover With Looters Expecting To Find White Supremacists. Instead, He Found Anarchists

(JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Jeremy Lee Quinn started photographing a Black Lives Matter protest in Santa Monica, California, May 31 when someone notified him that people were looting a nearby shoe store, New York Times’ editorial board member Farah Stockman wrote in a Wednesday column.

When Quinn arrived, he saw young people running out of the store carrying shoeboxes while a group of black-clad men wearing masks behaved like supervisors as the store was looted.

After reviewing videos of looting across the country, Quinn noticed similar groups of masked black-clad supervisors, so he dressed the same way and attended a protest, Stockman wrote. Quinn thought the supervisors would be tied to white supremacy groups, instead, he found a group of “insurrectionary anarchists.”

472 NYPD officers injured on duty amid violent demonstrations since May

According to NYPD department data, of the 472 officers injured, 319 required hospital treatment. Seven officers have been admitted to hospitals, including Lt. Richard Mack who was violently beaten on the Brooklyn Bridge while making an arrest, The New York Post reported.

“This behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” NYPD spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Frances O’Donnell told The New York Post.

Line-of-duty injuries so far in 2020 are up 47 percent from last year. Data through September 24 shows 7,528 injuries this year compared to 5,133 during the same period last year.

“The average person doesn’t hear about the daily assaults and injuries to police officers,” said founder of Blue Lives Matter NYC and NYPD Sgt. Joseph Imperatrice.

“Officers are hurt every single day whether in regards to being assigned to routine patrol or a riot location.”

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NYT Runs Op-Ed Defending Hong Kong’s Hostile Takeover

The New York Times / Getty Images
The New York Times / Getty Images

The article, titled “Hong Kong Is China, Like It or Not” and written by Hong Kong Executive Council member Regina Ip, attempts to justify Beijing’s “national security” law and violent crackdown on the island city’s pro-democracy activism and activists this summer.

“Something had to be done, and the Chinese authorities did it,” Ip wrote. 

 “Beijing’s national security law is saving ‘one country, two systems’ by ensuring that Hong Kong does not become a danger to China.”

Louisville cop who fatally shot Breonna Taylor raises funds to retire early after doxing, death threats

Louisville Metro Police Detective Myles Cosgrove, who was not indicted in the Breonna Taylor case despite likely firing the shot that killed her, has been doxed and receives daily threats amid ongoing protests in the city.
Louisville Metro Police Detective Myles Cosgrove, who was not indicted in the Breonna Taylor case despite likely firing the shot that killed her, has been doxed and receives daily threats amid ongoing protests in the city.

The family of Detective Myles Cosgrove, who was not indicted on any charges last week but remains on administrative leave from the police department, is using the Christian crowdfunding site “Give Send Go” to “raise enough funds to help him purchase the remainder of his service time, or ‘air-time,’ so that he can retire from the LMPD and continue to focus on the safety of his family, a family that has been put continually at-risk over the past few months.

“It has recently become clear that it will be impossible for Myles to safely return to his position serving the community with the Louisville Metro Police Department,” the family wrote.

They said Cosgrove, who served in the U.S. Marines and was honorably discharged, “has selflessly served this country and his communities, again and again, for the past 23 years, only to find himself the target of a meticulous campaign of disinformation.”

Connecticut sports reporter fired after calling Sen. Tim Scott an ‘Uncle Tom’

Now-former News 12 Connecticut sports reporter Fred Gerteiny responded by writing, “Thanks Uncle Tom,” and swiftly lost his job as a result.

“After reviewing the incident, the network released sports reporter, Fred Gerteiny, as a result of a racially insensitive comment,” the network said in a statement. “News 12 Networks has a zero-tolerance policy for racism or improper conduct based on race, and prides itself on being an objective and unbiased multi-platform news company.”

When asked if he had apologized, Gerteiny later tweeted that he “wrote an email to Senator Scott.”

‘Anti-government’ mom from Utah allegedly kidnapped son before going off the grid: police

Emily Jolley is accused of kidnapping her son, Terran Butler, 6, during a supervised visit on Saturday.
Emily Jolley is accused of kidnapping her son, Terran Butler, 6, during a supervised visit on Saturday. (Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake)

Emily Jolley, 43, and her son, Terran Alexander Butler, 6, were recently spotted in Roseburg, Ore., the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release Thursday. 

They are believed to be traveling with a woman named Bonnie Jackson, 56, in a blue 2015 Honda Civic with Utah license plate number X371WW and may be headed for Yachats, Ore.

Authorities described Jackson as Jolley’s “friend” and “sympathizer.” The FBI and law enforcement in Lincoln County, Ore., are also investigating the case.

Investigators believe Jolley is a member of a far-right anti-government extremist group involved in the so-called “sovereign citizens” movement, a spokeswoman with the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake confirmed to Fox News. 

Former Twitter CEO goes
online with threat

On Twitter, he said: “Me-first capitalists who think you can separate society from business are going to be the first people lined up against the wall and shot in the revolution. I’ll happily provide video commentary.”

“This is a direct threat of murder posted on Twitter. So will they shut down his account?” asked the Gateway Pundit.

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PA Gov. Wolf And Dem State Pol Caught On Open Mic Mocking Their Own Mask Charade

And now, thanks to a hot mic, Megan Fox, of PJ Media, and a Tweet from the Young Republican National Foundation, the world knows just how flippantly Wolf and PA State Rep Wendy Ullman (D) take their own commands, how knowingly hypocritical they are.

In the hot mic footage taken during a press conference at which the two postured and preened as “heroes” for “affordable health care,” Ullman and Wolf can be seen, and heard, laughing about not wearing masks.

Politics:

Just before Obama left office, U.S. officials feared Hunter Biden firm in Ukraine paid second bribe

Former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch testifies during impeachment.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch testifies during impeachment.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Twenty-two days before President Obama left office, the U.S. ambassador to Kiev wrote top officials in Washington that she feared Burisma Holdings had made a second bribe to Ukrainian officials in a rushed effort to get the corruption probe against Hunter Biden’s natural gas employer closed before Donald Trump took office.

The concerns are detailed in new memos belatedly released to Just the News under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department.

The suit was brought on behalf of the news organization by the public interest law firm the Southeastern Legal Foundation.

Megyn Kelly: “People are terrified to say that they like Donald Trump right now”

Megyn Kelly joins The Ben Shapiro Show to discuss President Trump’s reelection odds, her new podcast, and how conservative women are treated by the media.

Amazon and Big Tech cozy up to Biden camp with cash and connections

FILE PHOTO: A supporter of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden holds a flag as he stands next to Biden's campaign train during a campaign stop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 30, 2020.
FILE PHOTO: A supporter of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden holds a flag as he stands next to Biden’s campaign train during a campaign stop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 30, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

Amazon appears to have taken an early lead making in-roads with the Biden camp, according to data gathered by Reuters from OpenSecrets and campaign finance records, along with interviews with over a dozen stakeholders including anti-monopoly groups, lobbyists, congressional aides, competitors and lawmakers.

Joining Amazon, Alphabet’s Google and Microsoft are among the top five contributors to Joe Biden’s candidate campaign committee in the 2020 cycle, according to data from OpenSecrets, a website which tracks money in politics and campaign finance records.

The firms are prohibited by law from donating themselves. The contributions were either made by the company’s political action committees (PACs) themselves, members of the PAC or their employees.

More than 60 former senior, national security officials endorse Trump

“We are former national security and senior officials who served under the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and/or Donald Trump, or as Republican Members of Congress or Senior Congressional Staff members,” the letter reads.

“We proudly endorse the re-election of Donald J. Trump.”

Their primary reasoning for the endorsement, the document states, is that “President Trump has brought a badly needed realism to American national security policy that puts the prosperity and security of the American people first.”

“President Trump has pursued a strong foreign and national security policy in America’s national interests,” it continues.

It then praises him for imposing hard sanctions on North Korea, China, Iran, and Russia, for persuading NATO allies to meet their defense spending obligations, and for creating the new U.S. Space Force military branch in deterring China and Russia’s own aerospace advancements.

NY Gov. Cuomo’s ‘pink tax’ ban goes into effect

The new measure requires certain merchants to provide price lists for standard services upon request and notifies them that gender-based price discrimination is prohibited under state law.

For example, if the price to dry-clean a woman’s suit jacket is $12 but only $8 for a man’s, it would violate the law, the governor’s office said.

Businesses that violate the law will be subject to civil penalties of up to a $250 fine for the first violation and up to $500 fine for any subsequent offenses.

McEnany defends Trump’s comments on far-right extremist groups

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks to press.

Pelosi Still Negotiating For A Second Coronavirus Relief Bill

Image by Gage Skidmore
Image by Gage Skidmore

In a news conference, Pelosi said, “We’re at the table discussing how we go forward with a possible COVID bill. “We’re hopeful that we can reach agreement because the needs of the American people are so great. But there has to be a recognition that it takes money to do that.”

The House plans to pass their second relief bill, shaving off a trillion for a price tag of $2.2 trillion. This is the chamber’s second attempt to show unity, and force the Senate to take up a bill that will spend much more money than the Republicans want. 

While the bill was supposed to receive a vote on Wednesday, Pelosi delayed the vote in order to find some common ground with Mnuchin, and get his support. Pelosi said, “We are not finished. I’m hopeful. But we do come at it from two different places.”

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Democrats garner 89 percent of Florida college faculty political contributions

Faculty members at seven of Florida’s largest universities gave nearly $1.1 million to Democratic federal candidates during the current election cycle, while Republican candidates only collected $133,000, according to Federal Elections Commission data.

Of those contributions, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden collected $283,299, while Republican Donald Trump raised only $51,240, or just over 13 percent of the total given to presidential candidates.

California Becomes First State to Create Reparations Task Force

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom speaks during election night event on November 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 06: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom speaks during election night event on November 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Additional legislation would be required for the state to give out the reparations, which could come in the form of cash payments or increased funding to black communities.

The bill notes that any state-funded payments should not replace reparations from the federal government.

State Assemblywoman Shirley Nash Weber (D.) introduced the bill earlier this summer.

Months of unrest over racial injustice have led many colleges, universities, and even some local governments to begin reparations.

Regents at the University of California are already required by law to conduct research on slavery and its lasting effects.

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World News:

Covid cases doubled under most local lockdowns in England

A shopper in Leeds, one of 28 areas with at least double the average infection rate in England.
A shopper in Leeds, one of 28 areas with at least double the average infection rate in England. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Coronavirus cases have doubled in the majority of English cities and towns that are subject to long-term local lockdowns, Guardian analysis has found, amid growing concern that restrictions are confusing and done “on the cheap”.

In 11 out of 16 English cities and towns where restrictions were imposed nine weeks ago, the infection rate has at least doubled, with cases in five areas of Greater Manchester rising faster than the England average in that time.

In Wigan, cases have risen from seven per 100,000 residents to 102 in that period. Leicester is the only one of the 16 areas to record fewer cases than when the measures were implemented.

US sanctions powerful Cuban general and former son-in-law of Raúl Castro


The United States on Wednesday sanctioned Gen. Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Calleja, the former son-in-law of Cuban leader Raúl Castro who manages most of the Cuban economy as head of the powerful conglomerate of military companies GAESA.

The Treasury Department included López-Calleja on the list of specially designated nationals and blocked persons.

The listing freezes all of his assets in the U.S. or under the control of U.S. persons. Individuals and companies under U.S. jurisdiction are prohibited from dealing with him.

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Israel vows to pre-empt Iran’ attacks; delivers Iron Dome System to US Army-TV7 Israel News 01.10.20

1) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows to preempt any Iranian attempts to attack the Jewish State – a lesson learned from the 1973 Yom Kippur war.

2) Israel delivered an Iron Dome surface-to-air Defense battery to the United States Army, at a time of increased attacks by Iranian-proxy militias against U.S. diplomatic and military installations in Iraq.

3) The United Nations hails a summit held by rival-delegations of Libya, dubbing it “a step in the right direction.”

Commentary/Opinion:

Thomas Sowell on Black Lives Matter

In this video Thomas Sowell talks about Black Lives matter, race hustlers, the welfare state ideology and myths about black progress in this country.

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