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Kinzinger Warns McCarthy May Face Subpoena In Jan. 6 Probe

A Republican member of the House select committee probing the January 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday wouldn't rule out calling on fellow members of Congress to testify. “I would support subpoenas to anyone that can shed light. ... If that's the leader, that's the leader," Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told ABC's This Week. He'd been asked if House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, (R-CA), and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) — who spoke to former President Donald Trump the day a throng of his supporters attacked the Capitol — should be subpoenaed. “I want to know what the president was doing every...

Anti-Mask Protester Assaults Breast Cancer Patient At Los Angeles Hospital

Anti-mask protesters brawled with a breast-cancer patient outside a Los Angeles hospital Thursday, with one anti-masker shoving and punching the woman. The right-wingers swarmed Cedars-Sinai Breast Health Services to protest the hospital's mask policy, Vice reported. Patient Kate Burns told them to go away. “I've just gone through f---ing breast cancer," Burns said in footage captured by local videographer Vishal Singh. “And you motherf------ are here." As the argument escalated, one right-wing protester shoved Burns and punched her multiple times. Burns noted that chemotherapy treatments for cancer ofte...

Surgeon General Blasts COVID-19 Misinformation As Cases Increase

Misinformation about COVID-19 is costing lives, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy lamented Sunday, as case numbers are increasing throughout the country. “All of us — including the media, including individuals, health professionals — have a responsibility to share the truth about health, as science dictates,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “My worry is that all this misinformation that’s floating around is having a real cost that can be measured in lives lost, and that is just tragic,” Murthy said. The comments came after President Biden on Friday blasted Facebook and other soci...

Trump Praises Jan. 6 Rioters As ‘Patriots’ And ‘Peaceful People’

Former President Donald Trump has nothing but praise for his supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol in January. The former commander in chief called those who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 “peaceful people" and “patriots" in an interview aired on Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures. Trump supporters besieged the Capitol, following a speech he gave in Washington that day, as Congress was meeting to finalize Electoral College results of the November 2020 presidential election. Hundreds of people have been arrested and several people have been charged with crimes stemming from the rampage, in wh...

Trump Reportedly Got $10,000 A Month To House Secret Service At NJ Resort

Former President Donald Trump reportedly scored more than $10,000 in May for housing Secret Service agents at his plush golf resort in the heart of New Jersey's horse country. The Department of Treasury paid $10,199.52 to Trump's eponymous company to rent a four-bedroom cottage for 18 days of the month after the ex-president moved north to Bedminster, New Jersey, from Florida for the summer, The Washington Post reported. That comes to a tidy $556 a night, according to government documents obtained by the paper. Trump is entitled to Secret Service protection and there's nothing illegal about th...

Emotional Pride March In New York Follows Last Year's Online-Only Event

NEW YORK — New York City's Pride March returned on Sunday, a year after the coronavirus outbreak forced the celebration to go online-only for the first time in its history. This year's event was mostly virtual and so more modest than pre-pandemic mega-marches — but still drew thousands of attendees to celebrate the LGBTQ community, including a woman who proposed to her girlfriend in the middle of the emotional festivities. Jaimie Lord, a gay rights activist from Virginia Beach, Virginia, dropped down on one knee about 12:30 p.m. along the parade route outside the historic Stonewall Inn to propose t...

Trump Organization May Face Criminal Charges By Next Week

NEW YORK — Donald Trump's name could appear on a criminal indictment as soon as next week. The Manhattan District Attorney's office has informed the former president's lawyers that they are weighing a criminal indictment against the Trump Organization related to untaxed perks paid to the company's chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, and other top executives. Trump's attorney Ron Fischetti told the Daily News he met with prosecutors from District Attorney Cy Vance's office virtually on Thursday and that an indictment against the Trump Organization appears imminent. “The DA listened to us, ...

Trump Asked Justice Department To Stop ‘SNL’ Mocking Him: Report

In early 2019, former president Donald Trump tried to enlist the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to probe Saturday Night Live and other late-night comedy shows to stop their teasing, two sources told the Daily Beast. One source reportedly involved in such a discussion said that when Trump was informed that the DOJ doesn't handle such matters, the sitting president expressed disappointment. “Can something else be done about it?" Trump allegedly asked. “I'll look into it," the source, described as having a legal degree, reportedly responded before telling The Da...

Fifty Active Military And Veterans Facing Jan. 6 Riot Charges

At least 50 military service members have been charged with taking part in the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, including many members of radical right-wing groups, CNN reported Tuesday. Most of the dozens of those with military ties who have been arrested on various charges including assaulting police officers are veterans. But some were active-duty members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Nearly 500 people in all have been arrested around the country for their roles in the attack on the Capitol, which came after former President Donald Trump urged thousands of his followers to “fi...

Former White House Adviser Slams Trump's Three ‘Deadly Sins’ In Pandemic

Former President Donald Trump committed three key “deadly sins” during the coronavirus pandemic, a former top White House adviser said on Sunday. Denying the COVID-19 threat, stifling dissent and encouraging divisiveness among Americans all were missteps by the nation’s 45th commander-in-chief, said Andy Slavitt, who served on the White House’s COVID response team during the Trump administration and through the start of President Biden’s term. “We would have had a pandemic without the Trump administration. But there were three ... deadly sins that the Trump administration made that played out,...

Twitter Suspends Naomi Wolf For Spreading Covid-19 Myths And Misinformation

Twitter has suspended author Naomi Wolf after she posted outlandish vaccine misinformation on the platform, including a claim that the shots were a “software platform that can receive uploads." The author of the 1991 feminist classic The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women also spread myths about the pandemic itself, and lockdowns, The Guardian reported. In addition, Wolf has compared Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top White House adviser on the coronavirus pandemic and a respected household name, to Satan before her 140,000-plus followers, BBC News reported. She also tweeted th...

Manhattan DA Follows Money In Trump Probe With Top Exec's Testimony

NEW YORK — Manhattan prosecutors delving into ex-President Donald Trump's business affairs reportedly presented a grand jury testimony by a Trump Organization official described in documents obtained by The New York Daily News as the man who “took care of the actual movement of money." Jeff McConney — the senior vice president and controller of the Trump Organization — testified before the Manhattan grand jury recently impaneled by District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr., according to ABC News, which cited two sources with direct knowledge. The News was not able to confirm that McConney has testified....

WHO Chief: Pretending Pandemic Is Over Now Would Be ‘Monumental Error’

We are not out of the COVID woods yet, despite declining coronavirus infection levels and increasing vaccine rates, a world health leader warned Monday. The mood may be lightening up in the U.S. and elsewhere as people get their shots, and infections and deaths decline, but COVID-19 is still a very real and present danger, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said as the 74th World Health Assembly wrapped up. He called on the world’s nations to work together to end this pandemic and prepare for the next one, proposing a treaty on pandemic preparedness and respo...

Court-Appointed Attorney To Review Giuliani’s Devices In Criminal Probe

NEW YORK — A court-appointed special master will review the contents of Rudy Giuliani’s electronic devices, against the former mayor’s wishes, a judge ruled Friday. Giuliani, who worked as President Donald Trump’s attorney, asked that the 18 devices seized by the FBI on April 28 be returned so he could review them for attorney-client privilege. Washington lawyer Victoria Toensing, whose cell phone was also seized by the feds, joined Giuliani’s long-shot argument. “Giuliani and Toensing contend that their status as lawyers, including Giuliani’s status as a lawyer to the former President, makes ...

Trump’s Visit To New York For UFC Bout Cost Taxpayers Over $250K

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s spur-of-the-moment decision to travel to New York for a mixed martial arts fight in 2019 cost taxpayers more than $250,000, as the Secret Service had to scramble to provide security for the president on a particularly busy weekend in the city, according to federal records. The records, which were obtained by the New York Daily News in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, reveal that the Secret Service was only given a one-week heads up on Trump’s one-night stay in Manhattan for an Ultimate Fighting Championship event at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2, 20...