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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis used his veto powers late last month to excise from the state budget a $28 million initiative to treat prisoners for hepatitis C and the coronavirus. It was one of many vetoes DeSantis made in the proposed $93.2 billion state budget.
Call me cynical, but I have a feeling the National Garden of American Heroes announced by President Trump on Friday will never get off — or into — the ground, even if he doesn’t put his son-in-law in charge of it. Establishing an official United States Hall of Fame will secure the reputations of Betsy Ross and Benjamin Franklin from the changing political winds, no less than the one in Cooperstown, N.Y., preserves for the ages the memories of Ted Williams and Roberto Clemente.
A city council member in Norman, Oklahoma, proposed a police budget cut. Then officers for that department posted her address online. Days later, a woman who lived in the other half of her duplex was raped by an assailant who allegedly made a political threat.The attack was a case of retaliation and mistaken identity, the council member alleges.Alexandra Scott, a Norman council member who won the Democratic nomination for her state Senate seat last month, is an outspoken critic of her city’s police force. When racial justice protests swept the nation in June, Scott proposed slashing the Norman Police budget by $4.5 million. During a city council meeting about defunding, she also discussed a stalking incident she experienced, which she said police handled improperly. Now a pair of Norman Police officers are under investigation for allegedly posting Scott’s personal information online, which Scott says may have led to the sexual assault of her neighbor.These 911 Emergency Dispatchers Are Ready to Defund the PoliceDefunding the police is a fraught issue across the country, but especially in Norman, where police have made their disagreements with elected officials well known. Amid calls to slash the city’s police budget by millions, council members voted to reallocate $865,000 from the department. The move didn’t cut the police’s overall budget (it mostly vetoes the department’s requested raise, but keeps the department’s coffers at slightly above last year’s budget) but it was enough for the city’s police union to file a lawsuit against city council this month. Scott’s criticism of Norman Police has made her a favorite villain in some pro-police circles in the city. A recent Facebook post shared by a Norman Police officer called her “another AOC,” in reference to the New York representative who has become a boogeyperson for conservatives. That same police officer, John Barbour, is one of two under investigation for sharing Scott’s personal details shortly after her testimony on police defunding. In posts first reported by the Norman Transcript, Barbour made a Facebook post sharing an unredacted video of police responding to Scott’s 911 call in May. (Although details of the video remain unconfirmed, they align with Scott’s own testimony about calling 911 on a stalker that month.)Neither Scott nor Norman Police returned The Daily Beast’s requests for comment. Barbour declined to comment, referring The Daily Beast to the Norman Police public information officer, as his case was under investigation. A spokesperson for the group Norman Citizens for Racial Justice said Scott’s address was identifiable in the post. “After Alex shared her story of solidarity during that [city council] study session, an officer released an unredacted report and some footage of her making a police report fairly recently,” the spokesperson told The Daily Beast. “Those items that the officer uploaded to Facebook had her home address on there.”This Utah Police Chief Was Promoted Even After His Racist Posts Were Exposed. Now Residents Want Him Out.When Barbour was met with criticism online for the video, he responded sarcastically. “So what I am getting is that if the issue was the officer let everyone see, but when someone slanders the fine officers on open record meeting it’s not ok to find out the proof,” he posted, apparently accusing Scott of being dishonest in her testimony.Barbour removed the video but shared a recent police report (from when Scott was arrested at a recent protest) that contained her address. In comments viewed by The Daily Beast, Barbour accused Scott of participating in a riot. When commenters noted that “you can’t just call protesters rioters … There was no riot,” Barbour responded, “If you say so….but I bet state law says different.”Another Norman Police officer, Michael Lauderback, appears to have also shared Scott’s personal information using the Facebook handle “Tired Ofthehate,” which was linked to his legal name. Lauderback posted a picture of a sexual assault report Scott made in 2015. Lauderback could not be reached for comment and appears to have since deleted his Facebook account.Both officers are now under investigation for posting Scott’s personal information, the Norman Record reported. The police department noted that since Barbour claimed to have obtained the video from a third party who obtained it through a public records request, the officers’ posts appear to be legal.But Scott and Norman Citizens for Racial Justice said the posts play into a larger culture of harassment that has emerged on Norman-centric social media. “Most of the targeting happened after we started advocating for defunding the police,” the Racial Justice spokesperson told The Daily Beast, noting that many people in her group were experiencing harassment from a “ReOpen Norman” Facebook page.In a since-deleted Facebook post, Scott said that social media activity had led to real-world horror for her and a neighbor.“People were passing around my address on social media (and wherever else) for 2 weeks & making light of my experiences with assault and stalking,” she wrote. “I’ve received threatening messages and voicemails from men stating they, ‘hoped I didn’t need the police’ when something happened.”Scott claims those threats came to a head late last month. Her address, which was shared publicly, is in a duplex building. On June 27, someone broke into the other half of the duplex and assaulted Scott’s neighbor.“She was raped by [a] stranger who broke into her side of our duplex last night. She had been out with her father, he dropped her off around Midnight and left. Then she was assaulted in her hallway,” Scott wrote in the now-deleted post. “Her rapist dug his elbow into her neck, pushed her into the wall, and told her ‘Maybe next time you’ll learn your lesson.’ He threw her on the ground and raped her.”The attack, she said, was intended for her. “They got the wrong woman,” she wrote. Norman Police released a statement acknowledging the incident and the prior publication of the address on social media although, in a heavily redacted police report obtained by the Transcript, the incident is described as a burglary.Since Norman Police officers posted Scott’s address, it has circulated on right-wing Oklahoma pages, where it remains online. 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.Michigan drivers met with startling billboard message: 'Driving while Black? Racial profiling just ahead'
The Kremlin spokesman says that Moscow will respond to new UK sanctions against Russian citizens including a senior investigator and prison officials. Britain on Monday used a new legislation drafted in the memory of a killed Russian tax adviser to sanction 25 Russian nationals linked to prosecution and mistreatment of tax adviser Sergei Magnitsky as well as 20 Saudis involved in the murder of a journalist in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, told reporters on Tuesday that Moscow “can only lament such hostile steps.” “We will certainly rely on reciprocity and respond in the way that fits Russia’s interests,” he said. Alexander Bastrykin, Russia’s top investigator and a university friend of Vladimir Putin, is arguably the most senior official to have been slapped by the new sanctions and his name is likely to anger the Kremlin. As the head of the Investigative Committee, Mr Bastrykin is accused of covering up the mistreatment of Mr Magnitsky who died in prison after a year in pre-trial detention in 2009. A tax lawyer, Mr Magnitsky discovered a massive tax scam involving Russian tax authorities and ended up jailed by the same officials he had exposed. A Russian presidential commission concluded that he was beaten to death in prison. Most of the people on the sanctions list are lower-level officials and prison staff including two prison doctors who faced charges of negligence but were never convicted. All of them will now be subject to travel bans and asset freezes but it is not immediately clear if they have any property in Britain. The United States adopted the Magnitsky Act in 2012, targeting money of senior Russian officials kept in Western banks. Russia then responded with travel bans as well as a ban on American adoptions of Russian children. The Kremlin has outlawed institutions such as the British Council during previous diplomatic spats between the two countries, which does not leave Moscow much British property to target this time.
On Tuesday, the Lincoln Project, a conservative political action committee formed in late 2019, released an ad titled “Whispers,” which suggests those in President Trump’s inner circle are secretly mocking him. This is the latest in a series of attack ads produced and distributed by the committee, whose members include George Conway, Steve Schmidt and other prominent Republicans who oppose Trump. Yahoo News has assembled a compilation of some of the Lincoln Project’s most controversial advertisements.Big companies that are boycotting Facebook advertise on Russia’s equivalent of social network, report says
The companies boycotting Facebook in an effort to fight hate speech have been advertising for years on VK.com, “a Russian social media platform that bans gay-rights groups and is known as a haven for white supremacists,” the Washington Free Beacon said in a report this week.
Princess Raiyah tied the knot to British journalist Ned Donovan in what was the first royal wedding held since the coronavirus pandemic broke out earlier this year.
President Trump warned his fellow Republicans to "toughen up" and stand firm against left-wing causes or they may find themselves on the losing end this November, declaring, "We are in a culture war."
NASA has plans to send manned missions to Mars in the 2030s, but before astronauts get there, they should stop by Venus first.
Two women in Canada were filmed attacking protesters with a hockey stick at a Black and Indigenous Lives Matter rally on Saturday.
Another day of hot temperatures across the nation's midsection on Wednesday will fuel the threat of severe weather.Tourist rescued after being stranded in airport for more than 100 days due to coronavirus travel restrictions
A tourist has reportedly been rescued after being stranded in an airport for more than 100 days.
Gov. Chris Sununu said he will welcome President Trump as he arrives in New Hampshire for his Saturday evening rally, but the Republican governor added that he won’t be attending the event.
NBA great Ray Allen was slammed on social media for criticizing supporters of President Trump who also showed solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement on their own accounts.NC mayor: Floyd-era police reform not just about diversity; let rookie cops speak up without retaliation
A North Carolina mayor who was honored by President Obama for his work as his town’s police chief said that police reform in the wake of George Floyd’s death should focus on giving minority, rookie cops a voice to push back on their departments’ police culture without the fear of retaliation.
For months, Israel appeared to be an international model of coronavirus success.
A group of men who operated a self-proclaimed internet addiction treatment facility in southeastern China have been sentenced to prison, after being found guilty of locking children in solitary isolation for up to 10 days.
Authorities in the Netherlands have discovered an apparent torture site hidden inside shipping containers, which were lined with sound-proofing material and filled with assumed torture devices, the country's National Prosecutor's Office has said.
President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro touted the power of unproven medicine as he told the world he had tested positive for coronavirus. CNN's Bill Weir reports that his former health minister and a gravedigger have different views about the pandemic.
London has seen more than its share of crises. The 2000-year old metropolis has endured an influenza pandemic, the Blitz and several financial meltdowns over just the past century.
Europe's economy will contract more sharply this year and take longer to recover from the coronavirus pandemic than previously expected, piling pressure on EU leaders to finalize plans for a huge recovery package.
Civil rights and activist groups blasted Facebook's leadership on Tuesday after meeting with CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives to discuss the demands of a large advertiser boycott that now includes hundreds of brands.
Too much clean energy. It's an unusual problem to have, and one that's spurred a group of islands off the northern coast of Scotland to become an unlikely pioneer in hydrogen power.
Coffee chains create a lot of waste, from disposable takeaway cups to the used grounds that are sent to rot in landfills.
Mexican Senator Armando Rios Piter told CNN that he plans to introduce a bill this week that would stop Mexican purchases of American corn.
The days of plugging in an iPhone to charge won't last forever.
Nandan Nilekani, co-founder of one of India's biggest outsourcing companies, says an H-1B visa crackdown would ultimately hurt the U.S.
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The market is at all-time highs and many say Trump is the reason. But stocks were rallying when investors thought Hillary Clinton would win. Janet Yellen and the Fed may deserve more of the credit for the market's move.
Apple stock is less than $1 away from its all-time high amid renewed optimism for the iPhone.
President-elect Donald Trump focuses his criticism of NAFTA on Mexico. But Canada and America have a rocky trade history too.
Verizon has decided to bring back unlimited data plans. But while that's great for its subscribers, it's awful news for investors. It's another sign of how brutally competitive the telecom business is. And it's hurting Verizon's stock.
The price of crude oil has more than doubled over the past year after bottoming out at $26 per barrel in February 2016.
The automaker announced Monday that its first official venture in the oil-rich Middle East will be in the United Arab Emirates.
Dozens are hurt as clashes erupt in Belgrade over restrictions imposed after a big rise in cases.
As the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more protective equipment is ending up in the sea.
The audit highlights Facebook's failures on hate speech, voter protection, and more.
Pro-government forces battling jihadists were behind the deaths, Human Rights Watch says.
The letter, signed by many leading writers and activists, denounces "a vogue for public shaming".
Mary Kay Letourneau had two children with Vili Fualaau, both conceived when he was under 15.
A group of 25 women file a complaint against the man, known for his tag "love runs the streets".
Firefighters and rescue workers rushed to tackle the blazes amid soaring winds and heat.
The decision in Siem Reap follows similar moves in parts of China and India in recent months.
President Trump's Democratic rival will put the US back in "on day one" if he wins November's poll.Russian prosecutors demanded that a respected Gulag historian be sentenced to 15 years in prison over alleged sexual assault in a case his allies say has been trumped up to silence him. Yury Dmitriyev spent decades locating and exhuming mass graves of people killed under Joseph Stalin's ruleSocial distancing isn't enough: Spain’s Catalonia to make wearing of masks obligatory amid Covid-19 resurgence
Authorities in Catalonia, Spain are set to announce the obligatory wearing of masks in public following a resurgence of coronavirus in the region which precipitated a secondary lockdown of some 200,000 people. Read Full Article at RT.comTrump says THIRD meeting with Kim Jong-un would ‘probably’ be helpful, but Pyongyang is less enthusiastic
Donald Trump, who claims to have established a personal rapport with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has floated the idea of holding another face-to-face meeting. Pyongyang, however, said talking to the US is not on its agenda. Read Full Article at RT.com
One French engineer unafraid of going against the grain has baked bread using wheat fertilized in urine extracted from women’s toilets, showing all you knead is some pee and a little inspiration to make a big splash in this world. Read Full Article at RT.comBrazil’s media community to SUE Bolsonaro after he stood close to reporters & REMOVED MASK while announcing he’s Covid-positive
President Bolsonaro knowingly put reporters who stood disturbingly close to him at risk as he told of his positive Covid-19 test, Brazil’s media association said. The group is set to take him to court for the “criminal” act. Read Full Article at RT.com‘Hidden epidemic’ after Covid-19: Scientists sound alarm as strokes, nerve damage reported even in mild and recovering cases
Neurologists in the UK are warning of a potential “hidden epidemic” of brain disorders after dozens of recovering Covid-19 patients presented with brain inflammation, delirium, nerve damage, and strokes. Read Full Article at RT.com‘The case wasn’t proved to me’: Top US commander unconvinced by shaky ‘Russian bounty to Taliban’ intel
Intelligence claiming Russia paid Taliban fighters to target US troops in Afghanistan lacked evidence, the top US general in the region has said. His account crushes yet another sensational media report based on anonymous sources. Read Full Article at RT.com‘The purge will only accelerate’: Stefan Molyneux suspended from Twitter just days after receiving YouTube ban
Conservative firebrand Stefan Molyneux has had his Twitter account suspended, just a week after he was banned from YouTube. His removal from the platform comes amid a growing debate over free speech on social media. Read Full Article at RT.com
Mounted police used teargas and truncheons to disperse a crowd of several thousand protesters gathered outside the Serbian parliament in Belgrade, opposed to the government’s announcement of a new coronavirus lockdown. Read Full Article at RT.comMasks are Covid-19 ‘new normal’ and those refusing them should be SHAMED like drunk drivers, says Royal Society chief
Royal Society president Venki Ramakrishnan urged everyone to wear facemasks as the “new normal” until the coronavirus disappears, comparing the refusal to do so with antisocial behaviors like driving without seatbelts or drunk. Read Full Article at RT.comSeven TORTURE CHAMBERS & cells inside shipping containers discovered in Dutch police raid after crack of encrypted chat app
Six Dutch men have been arrested after a Franco-Dutch police operation to crack the EncroChat encrypted text app led authorities to seven shipping containers outfitted as grisly torture chambers and cells near the Belgian border. Read Full Article at RT.com
President Trump will discuss efforts to halt illegal migration with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador when they hold their first meeting at the White House on Wednesday.
While the two leaders also will confer on trade, a senior administration official said migration will be a major topic.
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Most Americans believe that Russia had placed bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan last year, while more than half support placing sanctions on Moscow in response, said a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.
The poll, conducted Monday and Tuesday, comes in the wake of reports that U.S. ...
Russia and Turkey are reportedly trying to establish an immediate cease-fire deal in the conflict in Libya, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday, as quoted by Russia's Interfax news outlet.
Libya — which has been locked in a civil war since 2014 — has gone without a stable government ...
BEIRUT (AP) - A Lebanese businessman serving a five-year sentence in the United States for providing millions of dollars to the militant Hezbollah group arrived Wednesday in Beirut after his early release, local media reported.
Kassim Tajideen was sentenced last year in a federal court in Washington for his ...
BEIJING (AP) - China said Wednesday it will impose visa restrictions on U.S. individuals following the Trump administration’s imposition of travel bans on Chinese officials it accuses of restricting foreigners’ access to Tibet.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the move would target “U.S. individuals with egregious conduct ...
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Nepal’s prime minister could be forced out of office within weeks amid an internal tussle for power within his governing party following his sharp rhetoric on neighboring India and as Chinese influence grows in the country.
Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli was set to meet Wednesday ...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A suicide truck bomber targeted a police district headquarters in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province on Wednesday, killing three officers, a local official said. Three other police officers, including a district police chief, were killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Ghazni province.
The Taliban claimed responsibility ...
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - The Chinese Embassy on Wednesday dismissed Australia’s warning to travelers of arbitrary detention in China as “ridiculous” and “disinformation” in the latest diplomatic spat to mar a deteriorating relationship.
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said on Tuesday in an updated travel advisory for China ...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Two bitter rivals are heading into a razor's-edge presidential runoff election Sunday in Poland that is seen as an important test of populism in Europe after a campaign that exacerbated a conservative-liberal divide in the country.
The tough campaign has seen strains of homophobia and anti-Semitism, ...
TOKYO (AP) — Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan's main island, swelling more rivers, triggering mudslides and destroying houses and roads. At least 58 people died in several days of flooding.
Parts of Nagano and Gifu, including ...
“They think it’s going to be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed,” Trump said Tuesday at a White House discussion on school plans for the fall. “No way. We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools.”
Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun accused a senior North Korean nuclear negotiator on Wednesday of being “locked in an old way of thinking,” days after the negotiator said Pyongyang won’t resume talks with Washington because of its “hostile” policies.
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