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Trump's Biggest Whoppers


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1. Biden to announce withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

President Biden will withdraw the last U.S. soldiers from Afghanistan by or before Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that triggered America's longest war, The Washington Post reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with the timetable. Biden is expected to announce Wednesday that he will leave thousands of troops in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline set in negotiations last year between the Trump administration and the Taliban, which has vowed to renew attacks on U.S. and NATO soldiers if they stay longer. Setting a "clear plan to exit" is necessary to avoid renewed war after the deadline passes, one official said. The Taliban did not immediately release a response to the reports of Biden's plans. U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan fluctuates, and is currently about 1,000 above the official target level of 2,500, the Post reported. [The Washington Post, Politico]

 

2. Officer who shot Daunte Wright resigns as protests continue

Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer Kim Potter resigned on Tuesday as pressure mounted on city officials to fire her for fatally shooting 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. Police Chief Tim Gannon also submitted his resignation, Mayor Mike Elliott announced. Elliott said he hoped that Potter's departure, after 26 years on the force, would help restore calm after protests that began Sunday. "We have to make sure justice is served ... Daunte Wright deserves that," Elliott said. Gannon said body camera video suggested Potter mistakenly shot Wright thinking she was firing her Taser. Protests continued over Wright's death for a third night on Tuesday. Some protesters threw bottles and other objects at police who used tear gas and flash bangs to disperse the crowd. [Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Star Tribune]

 

3. White House says J&J pause won't hamper vaccine campaign

The White House coronavirus coordinator, Jeff Zients, said Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration's recommendation to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine would not hinder the Biden administration's distribution strategy. Zients said in a statement that disruption would be limited because the Johnson & Johnson vaccine makes up only a small percentage of the recorded shots in the U.S. "Over the last few weeks, we have made available more than 25 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna [vaccines] each week ... This is more than enough supply to continue the current pace of 3 million shots per day, and meet [President Biden's] goal of 200 million shots by his 100th day in office," the statement said. Johnson & Johnson appointments scheduled for the next several days have been canceled but authorities are working to reschedule those for a dose of Pfizer or Moderna. [MarketWatch, WhiteHouse.gov]

 

4. Iran says it will increase uranium enrichment to highest level yet

Iran plans to increase the level it is enriching uranium to 60 percent, up from 20 percent and its highest level yet, following a sabotage attack that cut power at its Natanz nuclear facility, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said Tuesday on the state-run Press TV. Araghchi said Tehran had told the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency about the plan. The change will put Iran farther out of compliance with the terms of its landmark 2015 nuclear deal, which limits its uranium enrichment to 3.67 percent. Iran on Monday blamed Israel for the Natanz attack, which damaged centrifuges used to enrich uranium. The rising tensions come as other world powers try to negotiate the United States' return to the deal, after former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew in 2018. [NBC News]

 

5. Biden proposes summit with Putin as Ukraine tensions rise

President Biden on Tuesday proposed a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a bid to soothe tensions over a Russian military build-up on Ukraine's border. Biden phoned Putin to offer to meet in a third country and stress America's commitment to supporting Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. "President Biden also made clear that the United States will act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to Russia's actions, such as cyber intrusions and election interference," the White House said. The Kremlin responded to calls to end its military buildup by saying its "adversary" should keep U.S. warships out of the Crimea region. Russia took Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, and it has supported separatists in eastern Ukraine. [Reuters]

 

6. Chauvin's lawyers start their defense

The prosecution rested Tuesday in former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial for the death of George Floyd, and the defense began presenting its case. The defense says Floyd died of a drug overdose or underlying heart problems, countering the prosecution's argument that Chauvin caused Floyd's death by pressing his knee into Floyd's neck for nine minutes. Defense attorney Eric Nelson started his case with testimony from a retired Minneapolis police officer who pulled over a car Floyd was in two years ago, and pulled his weapon when Floyd wouldn't show his hands. A paramedic testified that Floyd told her he had been taking opioids, and she recommended he go to the hospital for high blood pressure. Another witness, a former police trainer, said Chauvin's restraint of Floyd was justified. [CBS News]

 

7. Egypt seizes ship that blocked Suez Canal

Egypt has seized the Ever Given, the container ship that got wedged in the Suez Canal and forced a weeklong shutdown of the vital waterway, the vessel's owner said Tuesday. Egyptian authorities are demanding that the ship's Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd., pay at least $900 million to cover the damage to the canal, the rescue operation, and lost business. Tuesday's seizure came after the manager of the waterway obtained an order from an Egyptian court saying the company had failed to pay $900 million. "They don't want to pay anything," Osama Rabie, chair of the Suez Canal Authority, said. A spokesman for the ship's owner said authorities were "still talking to us. So we will continue negotiations on compensation." [The Wall Street Journal]

 

8. Watchdog report: Capitol Police held back on Jan. 6 despite warning

The Capitol Police had clear warnings of possible violence against "Congress itself" on Jan. 6 several days before supporters of then-President Donald Trump attacked the Capitol building, but leaders told officers not to use aggressive tactics to stop the mob, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing a scathing new report by the agency's inspector general. "Stop the Steal's propensity to attract white supremacists, militia members, and others who actively promote violence may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement" and the public, the threat assessment said, according to the Capitol Police's internal watchdog. The Jan. 6 attack left five people dead, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. The report, viewed by the Times, will be discussed in a Thursday hearing on Capitol Hill. [The New York Times]

 

9. Appeals court upholds Ohio ban on Down syndrome abortions

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a 2017 Ohio law banning abortions when the fetus has Down syndrome. In the 9-7 ruling, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati found that the law did not create an unconstitutional obstacle to abortions. The decision reversed an October 2019 ruling by a divided three-judge 6th Circuit panel that said the law unlawfully blocked some women from getting abortions before the fetus was viable. Another appeals court ruled in January that a similar law in Arkansas was unconstitutional. The conflicting decisions could send the issue to the Supreme Court, where conservatives now hold a 6-3 majority. Arkansas' Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Tuesday called for the Supreme Court to review the ruling in its case. [Reuters]

 

10. Selena Gomez to host concert pushing equitable vaccine distribution

Anti-poverty group Global Citizen announced on Tuesday that Selena Gomez will host "Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World," which will air next month. The group said the event will include calls for "world leaders to prioritize the equitable distribution" of COVID-19 vaccines. The concert will be pre-taped, featuring performances from Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin, and H.E.R. The concert will be supporting the vaccine-sharing program COVAX to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccines in low-income countries. It's also calling for donations from philanthropists and corporations to help vaccinate 27 million health-care workers in poor countries. [The Hollywood Reporter, Selena Gomez]

 
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Exclusive: Top White House officials will meet today with members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus as the administration tries to enlist moderates to support the president's infrastructure proposal.
 
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Opinion: If you want to know why Donald Trump’s public insult to Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell is different than past political spats, look at the response of McConnell’s fellow Republicans.
 
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Sen. Jim Inhofe is calling on Senate leadership to delay a vote on Pentagon nominee Colin Kahl unless the FBI completes an investigation into whether he tweeted out classified information
 
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9 hours ago, jakeem said:

I don’t remember Lady G saying anything when Trump said he would do this.

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3 hours ago, jakeem said:

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Sen. Jim Inhofe is calling on Senate leadership to delay a vote on Pentagon nominee Colin Kahl unless the FBI completes an investigation into whether he tweeted out classified information
 

Another GOP idiot who said nothing about rampant misuse of classified information from more than a few in the Trump administration.

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24 minutes ago, Arturo said:

I don’t remember Lady G saying anything when Trump said he would do this.

Right! Hypocritical POS!!!

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13 minutes ago, Arturo said:

Another GOP idiot who said nothing about rampant misuse of classified information from more than a few in the Trump administration.

Is he counting with his fingers? LOL.

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2 hours ago, Arturo said:

I don’t remember Lady G saying anything when Trump said he would do this.

He did say something like "I respectfully disagree, Mr. President" but there certainly was not the chorus of Republican voices raining down visions of doom that we now have against Biden.

It would be interesting to hear from HamRadio, Nipkowdisc and even Jake on this matter.  I believe that they supported Trump when he announced that he was getting out of Afghanistan.  My problem with it rests solely with Trump announcing the withdrawal leaving the NATO Allies, which came to America's assistance, holding the bag.  It should be co-ordinated.

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He only had 138 years to go ..

 

Bernie Madoff dies in federal prison aged 82: Mastermind behind largest Ponzi scheme in US history passes away 'from natural causes' 12 years into 150-year sentence

Bernie Madoff dies in prison aged 82 12 years into his 150 year sentence

Bernie Madoff has died in prison at the age of 82. The disgraced financier died at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, apparently from natural causes, the AP reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the matter. He would have turned 83 on April 29. Last June, he asked for compassionate release claiming he was dying from kidney disease. Madoff is the most prolific Ponzi scheme scammer in American history. He robbed as many as 37,000 people in 136 countries of $64.8 billion, taking one's money to pay off the other and fake investments, for years before finally being arrested in 2008. Some of his victims lost everything and at least one killed themselves over the fraud. One of his sons killed himself two years after his arrest, and his other died from lymphoma. His wife Ruth has been living in exile. Initially he was given house arrest and spent it confined to his palatial Upper East Side mansion. The judge revoked it shortly before he was sentenced. Madoff was sentenced to 150 years behind bars in 2009. 

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10 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

He only had 138 years to go ..

 

Bernie Madoff dies in federal prison aged 82: Mastermind behind largest Ponzi scheme in US history passes away 'from natural causes' 12 years into 150-year sentence

Bernie Madoff dies in prison aged 82 12 years into his 150 year sentence

Bernie Madoff has died in prison at the age of 82. The disgraced financier died at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, apparently from natural causes, the AP reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the matter. He would have turned 83 on April 29. Last June, he asked for compassionate release claiming he was dying from kidney disease. Madoff is the most prolific Ponzi scheme scammer in American history. He robbed as many as 37,000 people in 136 countries of $64.8 billion, taking one's money to pay off the other and fake investments, for years before finally being arrested in 2008. Some of his victims lost everything and at least one killed themselves over the fraud. One of his sons killed himself two years after his arrest, and his other died from lymphoma. His wife Ruth has been living in exile. Initially he was given house arrest and spent it confined to his palatial Upper East Side mansion. The judge revoked it shortly before he was sentenced. Madoff was sentenced to 150 years behind bars in 2009. 

So much for justice.

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25 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

He did say something like "I respectfully disagree, Mr. President" but there certainly was not the chorus of Republican voices raining down visions of doom that we now have against Biden.

It would be interesting to hear from HamRadio, Nipkowdisc and even Jake on this matter.  I believe that they supported Trump when he announced that the was getting out of Afghanistan.  My problem with it rests solely with Trump announcing the withdrawal leaving the NATO Allies, which came to America's assistance, holding the bag.  It should be co-ordinated.

All NATO troops are leaving...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/14/all-nato-troops-expected-to-leave-afghanistan-before-11-september

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Fox's Newt Gingrich calls protests over the killing of Daunte Wright “the decay of the entire civilization”
 

I thought being married three times was the sign of that decay. C'mon man. These protests have

become as pro forma as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Where has this guy been for the

 last two decades?

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BREAKING: Officer Kim Potter to be charged with manslaughter in Daunte Wright's death
 
Second-degree manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, according to Minnesota law.
 
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NEW: The Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6 as she joined a pro-Trump mob ransacking the Capitol will not face criminal charges, the Justice Department said today.
 
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NEW: The House Oversight Committee has advanced legislation that would make D.C. the 51st state — setting the stage for a vote by the full chamber for the second year in a row.
 
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NEW: Hundreds of CEOs and corporations have signed onto a letter condemning legislation that restricts "any eligible voter from having an equal and fair opportunity to cast a ballot." It's the biggest show of solidarity from big business yet.
 
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NEW: Rep. Kevin Brady announced his intent to retire from Congress today after serving out his current term.
 
Brady played a key role in crafting the 2017 GOP tax cuts as the top Republican on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
 
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