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1. India reports 4,529 COVID-19 deaths in one day, a global record

India on Wednesday confirmed 4,529 COVID-19 deaths in the previous 24 hours, the highest single-day death toll reported by any country in the pandemic. The previous record was set in the United States in January, when 4,468 people died in one day. India's new coronavirus cases have been falling. The country reported 267,000 new cases on Tuesday, down from a peak above 400,000. Many public health experts say it is likely that the true pandemic toll is higher in the country of 1.4 billion people. Infections have slowed in New Delhi, Mumbai, and other urban centers, thanks partly to lockdowns, but the virus has been spreading unchecked in the countryside, where testing is limited and underfunded medical facilities are already overwhelmed. [The New York Times, The Washington Post]

 

2. N.C. prosecutor says Andrew Brown Jr. shooting 'justified'

The North Carolina sheriff's deputies who fatally shot Andrew Brown Jr., an unarmed Black man, as he tried to flee in his car won't be charged because they had reason to believe they were in danger, Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble said Tuesday. "Mr. Brown's death, while tragic, was justified," Womble said. The State Bureau of Investigation determined that Brown "drove recklessly and endangered the officers," and "used his vehicle as a deadly weapon." Heavily armed deputies went to Brown's Elizabeth City, North Carolina, house on April 21 to serve him with an arrest warrant. They opened fire when Brown, 42, tried to drive away, forcing one deputy to jump out of the way. Brown family lawyers said newly released body-camera video proved the shooting was "unequivocally unjustified." [USA Today]

 

3. Trump Organization probe now a criminal investigation

The New York Attorney General's office has informed the Trump Organization that its investigation into the company is "no longer purely civil in nature," spokesman Fabien Levy told CNN on Tuesday night. "We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA," Levy said, adding that the attorney general's office would have no further comment. The news was later confirmed by MSNBC, Politico, and other outlets. The inquiry began in 2019, with investigators looking into whether the Trump Organization inflated the value of its properties to get better loans and insurance, and undervalued them to reduce taxes. Most recently, prosecutors with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s office have been trying to get longtime Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg to cooperate. [CNN, Politico]

 

4. Israel-Hamas fighting continues despite mounting calls for ceasefire

Deadly clashes between Palestinian militants and Israel continued early Wednesday, despite mounting calls for a ceasefire. A rocket fired from Gaza killed two people, both Thai workers, in southern Israel on Tuesday, hours after Israel knocked down a six-story Gaza building with airstrikes. Protests erupted in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where hundreds of Palestinians threw stones at Israeli soldiers. Troops responded by firing tear gas. Thousands of Palestinians participated in a national strike in a show of unity. President Biden, facing calls from Democrats to push harder for a ceasefire, has been privately encouraging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to start slowing down the airstrikes, The Associated Press reported Tuesday, citing a person with knowledge of the talks. [The Associated Press]

 

5. McCarthy opposes commission to investigate Capitol attack

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Tuesday he opposed creating a bipartisan commission to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a mob of former President Donald Trump's supporters. McCarthy said there were several other investigations already underway, and he didn't think a new commission should examine the riot without also considering other politically charged violence. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the House would move forward with plans for a Wednesday vote on a compromise proposal worked out by Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.), the top Democrat and Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee. The deal calls for modeling the panel on the 9/11 Commission. "We can't wait to try and make this [place] safer," Katko said during last week's negotiations. A handful of Republicans in the House and the Senate support forming the commission. [NBC News]

 

6. House approves bill responding to anti-Asian hate crimes

The House on Tuesday passed a bill seeking to strengthen the federal response to hate crimes against Asian-Americans. The 364-62 vote cleared the way for President Biden to sign the bill into law. The legislation marked Congress' first response to the recent rise in attacks against people of Asian descent during the coronavirus pandemic. "Asian-Americans are tired of living in fear," said Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.). The bill was passed overwhelmingly by the Senate, with only Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) opposing it. It would establish a Justice Department position to expedite the review of hate crimes, encourage states to establish hate crime hotlines, and provide money to train law enforcement officers and educate the public on how to counter bias against Asian-Americans. [The New York Times]

 

7. Andrew Giuliani to run for governor of N.Y.

Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, announced Tuesday that he was running for the Republican nomination for governor of New York in 2022. Incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who is battling scandals over sexual harassment allegations and transparency about nursing home COVID-19 deaths, has not said whether he plans to seek a fourth term. The younger Giuliani will face an uphill battle in the heavily Democratic state. He has never served in elected office, but his website touts his work in former President Donald Trump's White House's Office of Public Liaison. That proximity — and his father's work as Trump's lawyer — could prove a liability in New York, where Trump is unpopular. "The president said to me, he said, you know 'Holy smokes Giuliani-Cuomo, that's like Ali-Frazier,'" Giuliani said. [CNN]

 

8. Russian hackers got $90 million in bitcoin from victims

The Russian hacking group DarkSide, which was behind the cyberattack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline, collected more than $90 million in bitcoin ransom payments from 47 victims, blockchain analytics firm Elliptic said in a report released Tuesday. "To our knowledge, this analysis includes all payments made to DarkSide, however further transactions may yet be uncovered, and the figures here should be considered a lower bound," said Tom Robinson, Elliptic's co-founder and chief scientist. The average payment to get DarkSide to undo the effects of its malware was about $1.9 million. The hacking operation was on track to have its most lucrative month ever when it lost access to its servers and abruptly closed after the attack on Colonial forced the company to shut down a pipeline that supplies about 45 percent of the East Coast's gasoline. Colonial reportedly paid DarkSide about $5 million in ransom. [Fox Business]

 

9. Report: Rep. Val Demings to challenge Sen. Marco Rubio

Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) plans to run against Republican Sen. Marco Rubio next year, Politico reported on Tuesday. Demings is expected to formally announce her Senate candidacy within weeks, The Orlando Sentinel reported, citing an adviser to Demings. The Politico report said there was a "98.6 percent" chance Demings would challenge Rubio, who will be seeking a third term. Demings stopped short of confirming the news, but tweeted that she was "humbled at the encouraging messages I'm seeing today." She added: "I know the stakes are too high for Republicans to stand in the way of getting things done for Floridians, which is why I'm seriously considering a run for the Senate." Demings, who also has been considered a possible candidate for governor, was the first Black woman police chief in Orlando before she entered politics. [Politico, The Orlando Sentinel]

 

10. Washington governor signs wide-ranging police reform measures

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Tuesday signed into law a dozen police reform measures, saying they will "work in coordination with one another to create a system of accountability and integrity stronger than anywhere else in the nation." Police chokeholds, neck restraints, and no-knock warrants are now banned in the state, and officers are required to step in if they witness colleagues using excessive force. The bills also restrict the use of tear gas, create an independent office to evaluate the use of deadly force, and make it easier to sue officers who cause injury. Now, Inslee said, Washington has "the best, most comprehensive, most transparent, most effective police accountability laws in the United States." [The Associated Press]

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NEW: Mitch McConnell told fellow Republicans during a closed-door caucus lunch Tuesday that he can't support a Jan. 6 commission in its current form, two sources familiar with his remarks tell Axios.
 
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The CDC recommends schools keep the current COVID-19 guidelines, including mask-wearing and distancing, for the remainder of the school year.
 
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The State Department will now grant U.S. citizenship to children born abroad through surrogacy and IVF — a shift from the Trump administration, which denied it to children born abroad to same-sex parents in several cases.
 
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JUST IN: The FBI is investigating what it calls a massive scheme to illegally finance Sen. Susan Collins' 2020 reelection bid, Axios has learned.

An unsealed search warrant application shows the FBI believes a Hawaii defense contractor illegally funneled $150k to a pro-Collins super PAC and reimbursed family members' donations to her campaign. 

There's no indication Collins or her team were aware.

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David Frum
 
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Pro Trump world denied COVID, refused masks, and now refuses vaccines. Trump himself sought Chinese help for his re-election. Now they want to blame US scientists for the pandemic they aggravated at every turn. https://theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/05/chinese-lab-coronavirus-leak-origin-theory/618911/
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05/19/2021 14:51:34
TOTAL ESTIMATED U.S. COVID-19 DEATHS: 582,038

Trump Death Clock

349,223
Estimated U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Due To POTUS Inaction
In January 2020, the Trump administration was advised that immediate action was required to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, “there was a lot of pushback” to this advice. President Trump declined to act until March 16th. Experts estimate that, had mitigation measures been implemented one week earlier, 60% of American COVID-19 deaths would have been avoided. (For further reading, click here).
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7 hours ago, jakeem said:

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3 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

He's got a lot more than that to be afraid of. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

What would that be?      I don't think he has anything to be afraid of as long as the majority of GOPers support Trump and Trumpism.

 

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What We Know So Far About The Trump Organization Criminal Investigation-

"New York Attorney General Letitia James is investigating former President Donald Trump's business, the Trump Organization, "in a criminal capacity," her office says, ratcheting up scrutiny of Trump's real estate transactions and other dealings.

The state attorney general is joining forces with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who has been conducting a separate criminal inquiry into Trump's business practices and possible insurance or financial fraud as well as alleged hush money payments to two women who said they had affairs with Trump before he became president..........

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/19/998231343/criminal-investigation-into-the-trump-organization-in-new-york-what-we-know

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'Don't take me, take Melania, take Ivanka!': Trump will TURN on his own family claims disgraced Michael Cohen after it was revealed the Trump Organization and its CFO are being criminally probed 

Michael Cohen said on Wednesday he expects former President Donald Trump to flip on his own family, as the Trump Organization faces a criminal probe and its CFO Allen Weisselberg is being investigated for tax fraud. 'I think Donald Trump is going to flip on all of them,' he told Joy Reid. 'What do you think about that? Including his children.' He explained: 'I really believe that Donald Trump cares for only himself, and he realizes that his goose is cooked,' so when he will be asked about the Trump Organization's finances he will blame everyone else. 'It’s never Donald,' Cohen, the former vice president of the Trump Organization, said. 'See, this is the problem. It’s never, ever Donald Trump. It’s always somebody else.' 'It wasn’t Donald Trump who had the affair,' he continued. 'It wasn’t Donald Trump who directed me to make the payments to Stormy Daniels. It wasn’t Donald Trump who got the benefit of the relationship and the actions. It was Michael Cohen. And I’m the bad guy into it. Why? Because I didn’t take the fall.'

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Marjorie Taylor Greene slams '9/11-style commission' into Capitol riot as a 'ruse to smear Trump': Republicans turn on 35 House rebels who voted for Dem bill that is 'unlikely' to pass the Senate  

Marjorie Taylor Greene on Wednesday night described a 9/11-style commission to look into the Capitol insurrection as an attempt to 'smear President Trump and his supporters' - following her party's leaders in opposing the inquiry. Thirty-five House Republicans defied party leadership and Donald Trump to vote in favor of setting up the commission. The group of rebels including Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger and the eight other GOP members who voted to impeach Trump sided with all Democrats. They did so despite calls from Kevin McCarthy to block the probe, arguing it is political and ignores other violence such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Taylor Greene followed McCarthy's lead and denounced the commission.

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Trump announces he has taken a $1.2B loan against the Bank of America Center skyscraper he co-owns in San Francisco with real estate giant Vornado -  and the refinancing gives them a $617M payout

Trump announces he has taken a $1.2B loan against his Bank of America skyscraper

Former President Donald Trump, left, announced on Wednesday that he has taken a $1.2 billion loan against his Bank of America skyscraper in San Francisco, right, his most valuable asset - but does not identify the lender. It has been noted that the loan comes in the form of bonds - not a traditional bank loan. Trump owns 30% of the San Francisco building which is majority owned by Vornado. The refinancing is expected to pour $612 million into the Trump Organization. The refinancing and payout came after multiple banks, previously used by Trump, severed ties with him in the wake of the Capitol riot. Trump owns 30 per cent of the San Francisco building which is majority owned by Vornado. The building, among the tallest in the city, is 'the most valuable part of his portfolio' and is worth about one-third of his $2.3 billion fortune, Bloomberg reported.

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New York AG opened a criminal tax probe into Trump Organization's CFO Allen Weisselberg in March, claims new report - piling pressure on ex-president's long-time aide

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The NY State Attorney-General's office has opened a criminal investigation into a key lieutenant of Donald Trump, Allen Weisselberg (left), the longtime CFO at The Trump Organization.

Trump tears into 'corrupt' NY criminal probe into his business while people are 'dying on city's sidewalks at an unprecedented rate' and tells Dem AG to 'focus on real crime' 

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Donald Trump tore the criminal probe into his dealings and attacked New York Attorney Letitia James for her 'witch hunt' that he claims has been going on for years.

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Allies of Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a prominent Trump critic, are launching a new advocacy group, Axios has learned.
 
The group and a sister super PAC will boost Kinzinger's political brand and be able to boost like-minded politicians elsewhere in the country.
 
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“Our country may forget this history, but I cannot.”
 
Viola Fletcher was just seven years old when she was forced to evacuate her home in 1921. She is the oldest living survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre and shared details before a House Committee hearing.
 
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Bodycam footage shows Louisiana state troopers stunning, punching and dragging Ronald Greene, a Black man who died in police custody in 2019 after a high-speed chase. Police refused to publicly release the footage for nearly 2 years.
 
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Comedian and writer Paul Mooney, often called the "godfather of modern Black comedy," has died at the age of 79. He spent decades behind the scenes writing for shows including "SNL" and "In Living Color."
 
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