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Minnesotans Face Months-Long Gun Delays in Obtaining Gun-Carry Permits 

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Tim Walz / Getty Images

As many first-time gun buyers attempt to transition into first-time gun-carriers in the aftermath of rioting in Minneapolis, many are being told they will have to wait months just to turn in their application—well beyond the 30-day window set out in state law.

Other Minnesotans are being told they can’t renew their current permits until after they’ve already expired.

The backlog has caused significant consternation among gun owners—a key voting bloc in the pivotal swing state.

If state officials are unable or unwilling to bring wait times down, it could motivate gun owners to turn out at higher levels in 2020 and beyond.

Federal judge rules inmates are now eligible to receive stimulus checks

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Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

According to a Thursday report in the New York Post, those inmates who are otherwise eligible to receive the stimulus checks under the CARES Act may receive them.

In April, the Internal Revenue Service distributed tens of thousands of stimulus checks totaling approximately $1 million to incarcerated taxpayers. Following the April release, the IRS revised the guidelines for the program, and insisted instead that incarcerated taxpayers did not qualify for the stimulus and should return the funds.

Following the announcement, a group of prisoners filed a class-action lawsuit in order to get the funds they felt they deserved. Yaman Salahi, partner at the law firm Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, represented the prisoners in the suit.

Even math is tainted by racism, says Wake Forest professor as school launches ‘anti-racist uses of math’ class

A recent write-up in the school’s newspaper, Old Gold & Black, outlines a one-credit course currently offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in which students learn about the many ways in which mathematical and statistical models have been employed to foment racism.

The course, officially titled “Racist/Anti-Racist Uses of Math & Stats,” is taught by department chair Sarah Raynor and reportedly deals with “biases in math and statistics” that ultimately result in racist policies such as “over-policing in majority-minority areas to practices in hiring.”

It has been run as a discussion-based course using the textbook, “Weapons of Math Destruction,” written by mathematician and Occupy Wall Street member, Cathy O’Neil.

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Pompeo, DeVos Take Aim at Chinese Influence in American Schools

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos / Getty Images
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos / Getty Images

The letter primarily warned educators about the potential harms of Confucius Classrooms, the K-12 partners of college-level Confucius Institutes.

Confucius Classrooms are Beijing-funded initiatives for American schools that ostensibly support cultural exchange and competency—while subtly propping up a pro-Chinese Communist Party agenda.

“The presence of an authoritarian slant in curriculum and teaching has never been more concerning, nor more consequential,” the letter reads. 

“At any grade level, the presence in U.S. classrooms of instructors supported by an authoritarian regime poses risks to our democratic values.”

Caged puppy set on fire in Ohio park; authorities searching for suspect

The blond and yellow puppy was found with black plastic melted on her back and taken to an animal hospital.
The blond and yellow puppy was found with black plastic melted on her back and taken to an animal hospital. (Columbus Division of Fire)

Firefighters responded just after noon to a fire at Walnut Hill Park in Columbus on Sunday and found the remains of a plastic cage still burning underneath a tree, Columbus Division of Fire said.

After putting out the fire, officials said firefighters spotted a dog running in the area. The puppy had black plastic melted on her back.

“As fire investigators, this is heart-wrenching and sickening for us,” investigator Mike DeFrancisco told WBNS-TV. “We see a lot of bad things on a daily basis, but this has cut a lot of our people to the core.”

Police arrest 26 people protesting Amy Coney Barrett nomination

Protesters opposed to the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, rally at the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020.
Protesters opposed to the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, rally at the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

These were just the latest arrests made as demonstrators protested Barrett’s confirmation hearing.

On Monday, Capitol Police arrested 21 people for crowding and obstruction outside Barrett’s confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Demonstrators also gathered at the Supreme Court to demand Senate Republicans and the White House hold off on filling the seat held by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away in September.

Supporters of Barrett’s also made themselves heard while brandishing “Confirm Amy” signs outside the hearing.

US gun sales soar amid pandemic, social unrest, election fears

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That market is widening this year to include a new rush of first-time buyers, including many women, minorities and politically liberal buyers who once would not have considered gun ownership, according to Reuters interviews with more than a dozen industry experts, academics and gun store owners.

“People who don’t normally think about firearms are being forced to contemplate something outside their universe,” said Dan Eldridge, owner of Maxon Shooter’s Supplies and Indoor Range in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, Illinois.

The number of first-time buyers has skyrocketed this year, according to industry analysts, trade groups and the CEO of major gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson Brands Inc, Mark Peter Smith.

Stevie Nicks: There’d Be No Fleetwood Mac ‘If I Had Not Had That Abortion’

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

“If I had not had that abortion, I’m pretty sure there would have been no Fleetwood Mac,” said Nick in a recent interview with The Guardian.

The singer ended her unborn child’s life in 1979 while she was dating Don Henley of The Eagles.

“There’s just no way that I could have had a child then, working as hard as we worked constantly.

And there were a lot of drugs, I was doing a lot of drugs — I would have had to walk away.”

Besides, Nicks felt that “the music we were going to bring to the world” was much more important than the life of her own flesh and blood.

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Twitter Blacklists Links to House.gov Document

Jose Luis Magana/AP
Jose Luis Magana/AP

Committee Republicans took action after Twitter began censoring links to the Post’s story, which alleges that Joe Biden, while Vice President, met with an executive at Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company where his son Hunter Biden was employed on a highly lucrative salary.

“Twitter has blocked users from tweeting the link to the @nypost‘s story on Hunter Biden,” said the official Twitter account of the House Judiciary GOP “So we put it on our website for you to read and share. Click, share, and RT!”

Presumably, House Republicans believed that Twitter would not dare censor an official government website. They were wrong —

FOX NEWS VIDEO: Tucker: Emails show Hunter Biden sold access to his father’s office

Commentary/Opinion:
‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ host calls out Big Tech monopolies for censoring New York Post’s report.

Politics:

NJ mayor calls Trump voters ‘religious zealots’ who want ‘Christian Sharia law,’ tells them to ‘go f***’ themselves. She refuses to resign — or even apologize.

Image source: YouTube screenshot
Image source: YouTube screenshot

The state’s Republican Party shared a screenshot of Driver’s offending remarks, which quickly went viral.

In a statement, state GOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt wrote, “President Trump earned nearly 43% of the vote amongst Mayor Driver’s constituents.

I think we all know she will never step down, but is it too much to ask for her to apologize?

Her comments are bigoted and hateful and quite frankly the silence on the left speaks to the character of party leaders like Tom Malinowski and Phil Murphy who lack the courage to stand up to people in their own party.”

According to WKXW-FM, Flemington Council Vice President Kim Tilly also called for the local government to censure Driver over the remarks.

Elections chairman resigns after removing and defacing Trump signs in South Carolina

These are photos taken by a deer camera by a Pawleys Island resident
These are photos taken by a deer camera by a Pawleys Island resident

Dean Smith was the chairman of the Georgetown County Board of Voter Registration and Elections up until his resignation this week. Constituents questioned whether Smith was fit to lead the elections commission following an incident where he vandalized Trump signs in Pawleys Island.

“People that called are concerned about the voting process with [the Smiths’] positions,” said Karol Anderson, who chairs the county Republican Party.

Smith, who has been a member of the elections board for 15 years, resigned abruptly this week after admitting that he and his wife removed and defaced Trump-Pence campaign signs.

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EXCLUSIVE: Progressive candidate CALLS OUT Minneapolis Dems for allegedly BUYING VOTES

Investigative reporter David Steinberg has been following alleged corruption from Congresswoman Ilhan Omar for over a year now.

But his latest story exposes her entire political party — the Minneapolis DFL — for not only intimidating senior citizen voters but for BUYING their votes as well. Steinberg details to Glenn the story, which begins with a far-left, progressive “patriot” calling out Democrats in her city.

She likely has NOTHING in common with Glenn’s views on politics or policy OTHER than her shared desire to retain America’s free and fair elections.

Because, if true, just a few thousand manipulated votes from Somali-Americans in Minneapolis potentially could swing the entire presidential election.

Trump delivers remarks at ‘Make America Great Again’ rally.

Hot mic: Feinstein caught discussing Barrett’s ‘religion’ again

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who infamously told Judge Amy Coney Barrett in a 2017 appeals-court confirmation hearing that her religious beliefs could disqualify her, has done it again.

In 2017, Feinstein told Barrett of her concern that “the dogma lives loudly within you,” prompting outrage because the Constitution forbids any religious test for federal office.

On Wednesday, Feinstein was heard saying, apparently regarding Barrett: “She’s been pro-life for a long time. So I suspect with her, it is deeply personal and comes with her religion.”

McConnell rejects Trump’s push for ‘higher’ coronavirus stimulus deal

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley
AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley
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Asked during an appearance in Henderson, Ky., whether there can be a compromise between the White House-backed $1.8 trillion proposal and a $2.2 trillion offer put forward by House Democrats earlier this month, McConnell pushed back.

“I don’t think so,” he said. “That’s where the administration’s willing to go. My members think what we laid out, a half a trillion dollars, highly targeted, is the best way to go.”

“What I’m going to put in the floor is what Senate Republicans, 52 out 53 of us, feel like it’s an appropriate response,” he said.

“You are correct there were discussions going on between the secretary of the Treasury and the speaker about the higher amount. That’s not what I’m gonna put on the floor.”

Utah County Mails Out More Than 13K Ballots With No Signature Line

It seems that almost daily we find stories about problems with mail-in voting. 

Yesterday, we reported that a Pennsylvania county sent 29,000 ballots with the wrong races on them, and last week we reported on a story of an Ohio county that mailed incorrect absentee ballots to almost 50,000 voters.

The latest case of mail-in voting problems comes from Sanpete County, Utah, where over 13,000 mail-in ballots mailed to voters were missing the area for voters to place a signature, according to Breitbart.

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New York Post opinion editor speaks out after Big Tech censors bombshell story on Hunter Biden & Ukraine

Ahmari pushed back on Twitter’s claim, defending the Post’s sources.

It “was very clear from the beginning, how we got a hold of this material,” Ahmari said. “It was reported deeply. Fairly. Meticulously.

And it — it was based on much more solid sourcing than mountains of stories published in center left outlets over the past four years, that collapsed and were based on unalienable sources, telling unnamed sources, telling the reporter.”

“None of those got censored by the major — social media platforms, the way this story is,” he added.

Live Updates: Hunter Biden emails roil 2020 presidential race

The owner of a Delaware computer repair store stepped forward with a laptop that allegedly contained Hunter Biden’s emails detailing an opportunity for a meeting between his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, and a top Burisma executive.

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Emails: Hunter Biden Strives for ‘Lasting and Lucrative Arrangement’ with Chinese Nationals

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Hunter Biden canvassed possible business involvement with a major Chinese firm as he sought deals that would be “interesting for me and my family,” according to a new batch of emails released by the New York Post on Thursday.

The son of the Democratic presidential nominee corresponded with China’s largest private energy provider, CEFC, messages unearthed by the Post from what is alleged to be Hunter’s personal laptop show.

The email revelations come barely 24-hours after the Post published other emails that showed Joe Biden lied when he said he’s “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” as Breitbart News reported.

World News:

Hezbollah hurdle to Israel-Lebanon peace; Turkey to expand EastMed exploration-TV7 Israel News 15.10

1) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed Washington’s commitments to confront Iran’s malign activities – and separately calls on Saudi Arabia to normalize its relations with the Jewish State.

2) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized that so-long Hezbollah controls Lebanon, there cannot be peace between Jerusalem and Beirut.

3) Russia warns Turkey about overreaching into areas in the southern Caucasus that may steer Moscow from diplomacy to war.

Army secretary reveals that US hypersonic missile hit within 6 inches of its target: report

The hypersonic glide body test was conducted from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, March 19.
The hypersonic glide body test was conducted from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, March 19. (Army/Navy)
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U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy described the missile’s performance during a speech at the Association of the U.S. Army Conference on Tuesday, Defense News reported.

McCarthy was referring to the Department of Defense’s successful hypersonic glide body test earlier this year, according to Defense News.

The Army and Navy flight experiment was conducted from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, on March 19.

Russia is also ramping up its efforts around hypersonic weapons.

Earlier this month Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the successful test launch of a new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile as a “big event” for the country.

Lockdown! London Goes into ‘High Alert’, Banning Households From Mixing Indoors

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Getty Images

Over ten million people across London and the adjacent county of Essex will wake up under a ‘high alert’ lockdown on Saturday morning, as the government orders the capital to take extra measures against coronavirus.

The new restrictions mean beyond the current rules, including groups of more than six people being banned from meeting and a 10 pm curfew on  pubs and restaurants, Londoners will now not be able to mix with other households anywhere indoors and will be advised against going on public transport except when absolutely necessary.

Mr Khan and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer both back a nationwide “circuit breaker” lockdown — in other words, again shutting the nation’s economy down in the hope of ending the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuba, China, Russia All Elected to UN Human Rights Council — Yes, Really

(Magali Girardin/Keystone via AP)
(Magali Girardin/Keystone via AP)
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It isn’t just that the UN’s Human Rights Council is the most hypocritical international organization in the world. They are fully aware of their political biases against Israel and the United States and never miss an excuse to bash either one of them for “human rights abuses.”

But they’re oblivious to the mockery they make of the human rights cause by electing the most oppressive, authoritarian, murderous regimes on the planet.

The United Nations has elected Cuba, China, and Russia, to sit on the Human Rights Council — where they will issue statements of condemnation, recommend sanctions, and supposedly defend the lives of the truly oppressed.

China Had COVID-Like Patients Months Before Official Timeline

A series of leaked documents shows that patients in China with symptoms similar to COVID-19 were hospitalized months before the regime’s official timeline, throwing into question when exactly the CCP virus began spreading in Wuhan, China’s epidemic ground zero.

At least one patient started experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms in September 2019, according to hospital data obtained by The Epoch Times from a trusted source who has access to government documents. Dozens more were hospitalized over the following month.

Wuhan hospitals also reported several deaths in October 2019 due to severe pneumonia, lung infections, and other symptoms similar to COVID-19 patients.

Commentary/Opinion:

NY Post Proves Joe Biden & Hunter Biden Lying, Twitter Censors Story | DIRECT MESSAGE | RUBIN REPORT

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report discusses the Hunter Biden and Burisma scandal that appeared in the New York Post, Twitter’s censorship of the story, and Kamala Harris trying to make a joke on the Rachel Maddow Show.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and many others were locked out of their social media accounts for trying to share it.

Dave even got a response from Jack Dorsey when he asked him if they censor certain political beliefs. The other big tech giant Facebook was also prohibiting the circulation of the story.

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