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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin asked a Minnesota appeals court on Wednesday to throw out his conviction over the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin is currently serving a 22.5-year prison sentence that he received in June 2021 after a jury found him guilty on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin’s attorney, William Mohrman, told the court that his client’s trial should not have been held in Minneapolis.

“Our primary argument here is that this case could not be tried in Minneapolis because of the pretrial publicity which was pervasive … and also just the physical pressure on the courthouse,” Mohrman said, according to NPR.

The attorney wrote in a brief filed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals that the trial’s intense publicity, the public unrest and riots surrounding Floyd’s death, a $27 million settlement paid by the city of Minneapolis to Floyd’s family, and other factors justified moving the trial. Mohrman also accused prosecutors of misconduct, according to Fox News.

Attorney for Minnesota Neal Katyal said Chauvin’s trial was “one of the most transparent and thorough … in our nation’s history.” He said that Mohrman’s arguments “do not come close” to justifying tossing Chauvin’s convictions. “The evidence of Chauvin’s guilt was captured on video for the world to see,” he said, according to NPR.

Chauvin has also been sentenced to 21 years in prison for violating Floyd’s civil rights. If he were to appeal his convictions over Floyd’s death successfully, the former officer would remain in prison under the civil rights charge. Chauvin is serving each sentence concurrently at a federal prison in Arizona.

The former officer is barred from appealing the federal conviction under a plea agreement he struck with prosecutors. The agreement allowed him to avoid the life sentence he was facing if convicted. It also allowed him to move out of a Minnesota state prison where he may have been at increased risk and transfer to a federal lockup.

Chauvin was convicted of murdering Floyd as Chauvin and several other officers attempted to arrest Floyd in May 2020. Video of the arrest showed Floyd resisting officers’ commands until they subdued him on the ground. Chauvin then kneeled on Floyd’s shoulders and neck for roughly nine minutes. Video of the arrest sparked unrest and riots across major American cities.

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  • Avatar Anita says:

    Look, I’m angry too, every day! There are so many issues that didn’t start with George Floyd’s death but we’re fanned into a raging blaze when it happened. I saw the video like everyone did, who cares to watch. I found it to be disturbing and sad. However, I then saw the REST of the footage leading up to the whole knee on the neck moment and at that point I realized perhaps excessive force, never murder or manslaughter. What happened after made me livid!! All law abiding citizens were on lock down due to Covid (a planned, manufactured crisis) yet the “protests/riots” we’re allowed and supported by our leadership. This country transformed from that moment on. It’s devastating, but what hurts the most is how humanity is turning their anger and frustration into being so vile and evil towards each other. I just hate being out in public these days. It does NO good to spew racist homophobic or even righteous labels on each other. Nothing will ever heal or improve if we humans cannot figure out how to work together for the good of our country, states, cities and towns. It’s the only way things get better and not worse. Focus on the true enemies. Those people who call themselves leaders and representatives of We the People. THAT is the enemy. Period

  • Avatar Nana says:

    The Democrat party sure did a 360 change since a few years ago, they are nothing like they used to be, that’s exactly why so many are now changing parties. They think all the people crossing the border to get away from commies will vote for them, but I believe that once they see them as they are now, they won’t want to just head right back down the road that they came from.

  • Avatar Walter Jones says:

    Floyd killed himself. Chauvin is a political prisoner.

  • Avatar William Shaker says:

    Of course Chauvin should appeal. He was railroaded and did not get a fair trial. It was a rush to judgement. George Floyd ingested drugs (fentanyl) so he would not get caught with them. George Floyd poisoned himself. Tox screen showed Floyd had more than THREE TIMES a lethal dose of fentanyl in his system. There is NOTHING Chauvin could have done to prevent Floyd’s death except giving him a shot of narcan. But Floyd never told the police he swallowed the drugs – so there is no way Chauvin knew to administer narcan. Floyd was a career criminal who, solely thru his own actions, eliminated himself from the gene pool. Good riddance. And all of the hyperventilating from BLM and Antifa over thus just proves they are a bunch of RACIST THUGS.

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    Judge Approves Trump’s $175 Million Bond Despite Letitia James Challenges

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    President Joe Biden on April 22 announced $7 billion in grants for residential solar projects that he says will benefit nearly 1 million households in low-income and disadvantaged communities.

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    Major General Aharon Haliva is the first senior Israeli Defense Forces officer and high-level government official to resign as a result of its failure to prevent Hamas’ attack, which killed more than 1,200 Israelis and led to another 240 being taken hostage.

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    The share of voters who say they have high interest in the 2024 election has hit a nearly 20-year low at this point in a presidential race, according to the latest national NBC News poll, with majorities holding negative views of both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

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    That’s lower than what the NBC News poll showed at this time in the 2008 (74%), 2012 (67%), 2016 (69%) and 2020 (77%) presidential contests.

    The question dates to the 2008 election cycle. The lowest level of high election interest in the poll during a presidential cycle was in March 2012 — at 59%. But it quickly ticked up in the next survey.

    This election cycle, high interest has been both low and relatively flat for months, according to the poll.

    McInturff, the Republican pollster, says the high level of interest in the poll has “always been a signal for the level of turnout” for a presidential contest.

    “It makes it very hard for us to predict turnout this far in advance of November, but every signal is turnout will be a lower percentage of eligible voters than in 2020,” he said.

    By party, the current poll shows 70% of self-identified Republicans saying they have high interest in the coming election, compared with 65% of Democrats who say so.

    Independents are at 48%, while only 36% of voters ages 18 to 34 rate themselves as highly interested in the election.

    “They just aren’t low interest,” McInturff said of young voters. “They are off-the-charts low.”

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    LA Mayor’s Home Broken, Suspect in Custody

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    An intruder was arrested after breaking in to the Los Angeles mayor’s official residence early Sunday morning, officials say.

    The break-in happened around 6:40 a.m. at the Getty House residence in Hancock Park, according to the office of Mayor Karen Bass.

    “This morning at about 6:40 AM, an intruder broke into Getty House through a window,” according to a statement from Deputy Mayor Zach Seidl.

    “Mayor Bass and her family were not injured and are safe. The Mayor is grateful to LAPD for responding and arresting the suspect.”

    LAPD confirmed details, saying the person “smashed a window to gain entry into the Getty House while occupied.” LAPD officers responded and took the suspect into custody without incident.

    Bass was home when the male intruder broke in, law enforcement officials told ABC News. An alarm was activated at the home and a large LAPD presence responded, including air support and the mayor’s security detail. The suspect was arrested within minutes of the call.

    No further details were available about the intruder’s identity or how he was able to bypass security measures at the residence.

    The incident comes as crime continues to rise amid the LA district attorney’s soft-on-crime approach to court cases.

    Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón barred prosecutors from pursuing advanced punishments for gang members.

    As the county’s top prosecutor, Gascón also enacted a series of criminal justice directives since taking office in 2020 that have drawn scorn from opponents and many in law enforcement, such as barring prosecutors from attending parole hearings, promoting zero-cash bail and efforts to end the prosecution of juveniles as adults, even for violent crimes.

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    Obama Advisor Is Charged with Child Sex Offenses

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    A former senior policy adviser to the Obama administration has appeared in court in Britain charged with child sex offences.

    Rahamim ‘Rami’ Shy, 46, who co-ordinated the US government’s strategy to combat terrorists from Al Qaeda and the Taliban, is accused of arranging the commission of a child sex offence, court documents reveal.

    He is also charged with possession of two category C indecent images of children and possessing a prohibited image of a child.

    Shy, a US citizen, who lives in New Jersey, worked for the White House under president Barack Obama and secretary of state Hillary Clinton, was arrested in late February by Bedfordshire Police. He was charged the following day and appeared at Luton Crown Court via video-link from HMP Bedford on Friday wearing a grey prison-issue tracksuit.

    He was not asked to enter a plea to any of the charges and was remanded in custody ahead of a hearing in June.

    Most recently employed as an executive at banking group Citi, Shy worked in a senior role at the US Treasury department from 2008 to 2014, advising officials on countering the financing of terrorism and assisting foreign governments to impose sanctions on hostile regimes.

    As well as working as a senior adviser to the late US diplomat Richard Holbrooke, who served under the last three Democrat presidents, Shy provided strategic policy analysis to chiefs of staff at the US Department of Defence.

    He was deployed to Afghanistan to provide expertise to the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which was set up to maintain stability following the America-led invasion of the country.

    According to his LinkedIn page, Shy provided ISAF with counter- terrorist finance expertise and went on to present the US’s strategy on Afghanistan to a congressional hearing in 2010.

    Shy was a student at Rutgers University in New Jersey and went on to study international security policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York.

    A spokesman from Citi said that Shy was no longer an employee at the banking group. Shy is due to go on trial in August.

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    First Witness Who Will Testify in Trump’s Trial: Media Mogul David Pecker

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    David Pecker, a key figure in the hush money case against Donald Trump, is reportedly slated to be the first witness to testify against the former president at his New York criminal trial.

    Pecker is the former CEO of the company that published The National Enquirer and is expected to deliver the first testimony against Trump after opening arguments begin in his trial on Monday, a source familiar with the matter told the New York Times.

    Prosecutors say Pecker’s hush money relationship with Trump and his former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen began at Trump Tower in August 2015, when he agreed to help Trump’s campaign identify negative stories about him.

    Trump’s trial centers on allegations that his company’s internal records were obscured to hide reimbursement payments to his former fixer and attorney Michael Cohen, who arranged hush money payments to hide negative stories about him during the 2016 presidential race. The former president has pleaded not guilty to the 34 Class E felonies he faces, which can amount to four years or less in prison if he is convicted, or a lesser sentence like probation.

    While Cohen’s payments to porn star Stormy Daniels serve as the case’s primary focus, the indictment against Trump details two other deals, including one with former Playboy model Karen McDougal and another with a former Trump Tower doorman, who claimed the then-presidential candidate had fathered a child out of wedlock.

    Pecker and his tabloid purchased the silence of the doorman, whose narrative about the child out of wedlock turned out to be proven false. The media mogul also bought the rights to the story about McDougal and never published it, a practice the indictment describes as “catch and kill.”

    In October 2016, when Daniels was preparing to go public and sell her story about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump, the former president’s campaign had just been jolted by the release of the infamous Access Hollywood tape, in which Trump boasted about grabbing women “by the p****.”

    Cohen eventually reached a deal with Pecker to silence the story about Daniels’s allegations for $130,000. While Trump has acknowledged reimbursing Cohen, he contends he didn’t know the details about what Cohen was doing.

    The former attorney and fixer is expected to be the prosecutors’ star witness because his payments to the porn star are at the very center of Bragg’s indictment. But the problem for prosecutors, which Trump has already made loud and clear, is that Cohen appears to have lied to multiple branches of the federal government in just the past few years.

    Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg‘s team will utilize Pecker’s testimony to help corroborate much of what the former attorney is expected to testify about, and also has plans to invite McDougal and Daniels to the stand. Trump has repeatedly said he would testify in his own defense.

    Trump, who is under a gag order and is facing potential fines for speaking about Cohen, has heavily criticized the veracity of his testimony. He posted to social media on Sunday, calling on Justice Juan Merchan to “REMOVE THE GAG ORDER!!!”

    “WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO HIDE???” Trump added in his post. Merchan is slated to hold a hearing on Tuesday about prosecutors’ allegations that Trump has violated the gag order ten times since the trial began last Monday and that he should be fined $1,000 per violation.

    The revelation by the Times that Pecker would be the first witness comes as prosecutor Joshua Steinglass said Friday he would like Trump to remain clueless about who will testify on Monday, or at least until Sunday evening. Trump’s attorney, Todd Blanche, had asked on Thursday if Steinglass could tell him who the first three would be.

    “Mr. Trump has been tweeting about the witnesses,” Steinglass told Merchan last week. “We’re not telling them who the witnesses are.”

    Attorney Karen Agnifilo, a Trump critic who formerly worked in top positions in the Manhattan DA’s office, told the Washington Examiner in an email that prosecutors denying defense attorneys notice about their witness order was abnormal, but she also indicated that she viewed it as justifiable.

    “He threatens witnesses so when that happens that is what they do,” Agnifilo said.

    Opening arguments will begin on Monday at around 9:30 a.m. local time, following a tumultuous first week of the trial, which included interviews with nearly 300 potential jurors — many of whom were immediately dismissed after they said they could not judge the case impartially.

    The selection process resumed on Thursday with two previously sworn-in jurors who were subsequently dismissed for separate reasons. The court was able to seat all 12 jurors and six alternates just before the end of the day on Friday.

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    MTG: Johnson Needs to Resign, or Be Ousted

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    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) confirmed she hasn’t backed off her plan to potentially oust House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) after the passage of a foreign aid package on Saturday.

    Greene said after Saturday’s vote that she would wait to call for a vote to vacate, but said Sunday that Johnson’s choices are to resign or be vacated.

    “He needs to do the right thing, to resign and allow us to move forward in a controlled process. If he doesn’t do so, he will be vacated,” Greene said in an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.”

    When questioned if that meant she would file the motion to vacate, Greene said it was coming “regardless of what Mike Johnson decides to do.”

    While Greene wants to force Johnson’s hand, some Democrats have backed the speaker and indicated he should keep his job.

    The motion to vacate has only been successfully used once to remove a House speaker with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in October. During McCarthy’s ouster, every House Democrat voted with Republicans.

    “I disagree with Speaker Johnson on many issues and have been very critical of him, but he did the right thing here and he deserves to keep his job until the end of his term,” Khanna said.

    Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.) did not say how he would vote on a Johnson ouster, but said Greene, along with Reps. Tom Massie (R-Ky.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), will only embolden foreign adversaries like China, Russia and Iran with the effort to remove the speaker. Massie and Gosar have backed Greene’s removal effort.

    “She’s not a serious legislator, quite frankly. That’s why I think the way we’ve been treating her now is she is Putin’s special envoy to Congress,” Moskowitz told “Fox News Sunday” anchor Shannon Bream.

    “The idea that she would criticize anybody else that somehow we’re not respecting America — the way you disrespect America is not by standing by our allies, not by strengthening us.”

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    Ben Shapiro Calls Out “Con Artist” Andrew Tate

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    Ben Shapiro and Andrew Tate have once again exchanged a war of words after the former accused the controversial influencer of being a “con-artist”.

    The conservative political commentator slammed the former professional kickboxer as a “grifter” for his stance on pro-creation during a rant on The Ben Shapiro Show on Wednesday.

    Tate is currently in Romania awaiting trial on charges of human trafficking, rape, evidence tampering and forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit women. Once his trial is concluded in Romania he will be extradited to the United Kingdom to face further charges of rape. He has denied all charges.

    While he awaits trial, Tate has continued his controversial online series where he instructs men on his version of masculinity and his views on society, which Shapiro did not approve of, especially his attitude to fathering children.

    Shapiro’s rant was in response to a post by Tate on X, formerly Twitter, in which he lamented his belief that white men were having less babies with women and this meant their “genetic potential was stumped” and that “your race will be nothing more than a few pages in a history book.”

    Along with labeling men as “losers” for the perceived drop in birth rates amongst white people, he also blamed women for being “obsessed with money and social media as opposed to being one of many baby factories for a king.”

    “The way that he [Tate] quote unquote ‘explodes the myths’ is he plays a really stupid game. It’s a game for stupid people,” Shapiro began.

    “The game is like this. I’m going to say two transgressive things, things that violate the taboos of the culture around me. One of those things is true, and one of those things is false.”

    Shapiro added: “But because they are both transgressive and because people will oppose me on both of them — one for bad reasons and one for good reasons — this means that I have somehow gotten under the skin of the matrix. Everyone opposes me, which is why I’m a rebel. That’s Andrew Tate’s entire game.”

    He then described Tate as “evil” for his attitudes towards women claiming he tells his followers to “treat women like garbage,” and specifically in reference to comments Tate made about his belief that white men needed to procreate more.

    “He is a con artist and he is conning you into doing something,” Shapiro said. “He is conning you into giving away the only pathway toward actual societal success and personal success in favor of his vision of a Genghis Khan-like spreading of his seed,” he added, referring to the 13th-century Mongolian ruler who was believed to be so prolific at procreating that he still has 16 million descendants living today.

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    Star Student with 100 GPA Denied Admission to Dream School Because of NYC’s Lottery System

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    Four published books, debate trophies, perfect attendance and a 100 average weren’t enough to get a Queens eighth-grader into her dream high school.

    Kristina Raevsky, 14, found out on March 7 she wasn’t accepted to Townsend Harris High School in Flushing because of a lottery system that grouped her perfect test scores with kids who scored over a 94.

    “I was shocked,” Raevsky told The Post. “Everyone I told said, ‘How is this possible?’ And I told them, ‘I don’t know, it isn’t me that is the problem. The system is the problem.

    “Prior to the lottery, before COVID, my mindset was, ‘Well, I have a 100 average, I’m at the top of my class, I have perfect attendance, and I did well on the state tests . . . what could possibly go wrong?’”

    But Raevsky’s attendance record and stellar average were no longer factors in the admissions process, which, since 2022, sorts kids into five groups based on seventh-grade core subject grades. For screened schools like Townsend Harris, an essay and a two-minute video submission are additionally considered. Then, kids are subject to a lottery.

    “That’s where all the subjectivity comes in,” the Forest Hills student said of the writing and video portions. “If you ask me what to do to change the system, I would say put it back to the way it was when we had objective measures like state tests.

    “The lottery determined my fate. At the end of all this, I was reduced to a lottery number,” Raevsky said. Her poor lottery number put her in the 72nd percentile of applicants.

    “Life is not a lottery,” she added. “When you go into the medical field, the law field, every single field, everything is based on merit.”

    Before the pandemic, screened schools like Townsend Harris chose their own admissions criteria. In 2020, former Mayor Bill de Blasio nixed attendance, state tests and letter grades and implemented a system where students with an 85 or above were entered into the same lottery pool, in an attempt to diversify selective schools.

    In 2022, Chancellor David Banks, under Mayor Adams, brought back screens and narrowed the top tier of kids to those with a 94 or above, which those fighting for high-achieving students welcomed.

    “Although we agree that it moves high school admissions policy in the right direction, this policy change is just one small step forward after NYC took three very large steps backward,” Raevsky wrote in a Fordham Institute article in 2022. She has long been a vocal advocate for education meritocracy.

    Raevsky says she was never a 94 student.

    “I can tell you from experience that the difference between a 94 and a 100 is miles apart … the 100 student is sitting there the moment something is assigned thinking, ‘How am I going to complete this assignment? Let me start planning.’

    “The 94 student says, ‘Oh, I’ll come to the movies even though there’s a test two days away.’ The 100 student says, ‘I’m sorry but I can’t come. I’m studying.’

    “Hundreds take time. Hundreds take sacrifice and perseverance,” said the student, who is on track to be the valedictorian at JHS 157.

    Raevsky put Townsend Harris, which offers no geographic preference to Queens students, and only one other school on her list of 12 high school choices.

    She was accepted into the Bronx High School of Science, which has its own admissions process, but said it is too far from home.

    Plus, she doesn’t want to go to a STEM school.

    “I’m a humanities kid,” she said. “I like math, but I like history more, and I like writing and reading more.”

    The last book that she wrote, “Marriage or Espionage: Read Between the Lines,” is a historical fiction novel about a spy during the American Revolution.

    Raevsky’s ultimate goal is the US Senate, she said, where she would focus on education and public safety.

    Now, it’s off to nearby parochial school for her, where she was offered a scholarship. Like many families fed up with the system’s policies, hers is bidding farewell to the city Department of Education.

    “I’m really glad I’m going to a private school,” she said. “I’m finally going to be in a place where I belong and am appreciated for my merit and my academic abilities.”

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    2 Dead, 6 Injured in Shooting at Block Party in Memphis, Tennessee

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    At least two people are dead and six others injured in a shooting at a block party in Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday, according to police.

    “During the follow-up investigation, we learned that there were 8 total victims, with two of those being deceased on the scene,” Memphis police said in an updated statement posted on X.

    Police had earlier said that 16 people were shot.

    One of the injured remains in critical condition, while one has been released, police said.

    “This was a block party that was occurring without a permit”, police said.

    The block party had about 200-300 people in attendance.

    At least two suspects are being sought, CBS News said, citing Memphis Police interim chief Cerelyn Davis.

    “We believe there are at least two individuals that fired weapons during this incident,” Davis told CBS News.

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    US Pulling Troops Out of Niger, Abandoning $110M Air Base

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    The U.S. agreed Friday to withdraw its troops from Niger, The Washington Post reported.

    U.S. has agreed to remove military personnel from Niger as confirmed by three U.S. officials, according to The Washington Post. This development follows a request from Niger’s government, which came after a military coup in 2023 that saw a junta come to power and declare the U.S. military presence “illegal.”

    In a meeting between Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell and Nigerien Prime Minister Ali Lamine Zeine, the U.S. agreed to withdraw over 1,000 troops, casting uncertainty over the future of a $110 million American air base.

    Officials will soon begin planning the withdrawal, aiming for an orderly and responsible exit, which will require coordination with the Defense Department, the outlet reported.

    “The Prime Minister has asked us to withdraw U.S. troops, and we have agreed to do that,” a senior State Department official told The Washington Post in an interview.

    “We’ve agreed to begin conversations within days about how to develop a plan,” a senior State Department official said, according to The Washington Post.

    “They’ve agreed that we do it in an orderly and responsible way. And we will need to probably dispatch folks to Niamey to sit down and hash it out. And that of course will be a Defense Department project.”

    The halt of security cooperation and U.S. military activities, including drone flights, has left American forces in limbo. Niger’s new partnership with Russia, marked by the arrival of Russian military instructors in Niamey to train and equip local forces with systems like air defense, has deepened the diplomatic stalemate, The Washington Post reported.

    The shift away from U.S. ties has sparked local protests in Niamey, where hundreds have demonstrated against the American military presence. Despite these challenges, U.S. officials are optimistic about restoring diplomatic relations with Niger, according to The Washington Post.

    Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz published a report Thursday claiming that American military personnel stationed in Niger are at an “imminent risk” due to what he describes as a “concealment of intelligence” by the State Department. In the report “Unwelcome in Niger,” Gaetz claims that U.S. troops in Niger are at risk due to a lack of support from the State and Defense Departments.

    The report includes statements from several service members, including a high-ranking enlisted officer, who say they feel abandoned and have been blocked from carrying out their missions and returning home after deployment. These troops reached out to Gaetz in April to voice their concerns.

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    Bill Maher: DeSantis Was Right About Disney Sexualizing Kids

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    “Real Time” host Bill Maher closed his show Friday night by linking the left’s indoctrination of gender ideology of children to “entrapment.” He also called out Disney’s battle with Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, saying “DeSantis wasn’t wrong.”

    The HBO host condemned, “The left will overlook child f—ing if the guy from the wrong party calls it out.”

    “As one of the few people in the public eye who’s gone through life and never had kids, someone has to tell me why am I always having to defend them?” Maher exclaimed at the top of his monologue. “I don’t even like kids, but I also think it’s every adult’s job to protect them.”

    Maher addressed the widely talked about docuseries “Quiet on Set” on the culture of sexual misconduct that occurred at Nickelodeon, saying while it was the “talk of the town” in Hollywood, it also “exposed hypocrisy,” pointing to the left’s attacks towards DeSantis for cracking down on the “creepy stuff” at Disney involving children.

    “The reason we find pedophiles in the Boy Scouts and the rectory and kids TV is that’s where the kids are!” Maher shouted. “DeSantis wasn’t wrong. But we’re so tribal now, the left will overlook child-f—ing if the guy from the wrong party calls it out.”

    The HBO host derided the “Drag Queen Story Hour” trend, saying it’s “time to admit” that it’s sometimes “more for the queen than the kids.”

    “Sure, kids love a clown but does the clown have to have t-ts?” Maher asked. “And when I see a five-year-old tipping, tipping at a bar under a sign that says ‘It’s not gonna lick itself,’ do I have to pretend that’s cool in order to keep my liberal ID card? Sorry, I can’t do that.”

    “I said it before, wokeness is not an extension of liberalism anymore. It’s more often taking something so far that it becomes the opposite. Teaching kids not to hate or judge those who are different? Great. Proud we got there all for that. But at a certain point, inclusion becomes promotion,” Maher said.”

    “And contrary to progressive dogma, children aren’t miniature adults wise beyond their years. They’re morons. They’re gullible morons who believe anything and just want to please grown-ups. And they don’t have any frame of reference so they normalize whatever is happening. That’s why endlessly talking about gender to six-year-olds isn’t just inappropriate, it’s what the law would call entrapment, which means enticing people into doing something they wouldn’t ordinarily do.”

    “And if you think that some of that isn’t going on with gender in schools, you’re not watching enough TikTok videos,” Maher said before showing clips of teachers touting gender ideology. “There’s a certain kind of activist these days who wants to take heterosexuality, old school, old-fashioned, boring, minding its own business heterosexuality and lump it in with patriarchy and sexism and racism and tell kids ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if you’re anything but that?'”

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    He continued, “It also seems to be the theme of kind of a lot of kids books these days. I never used the phrase ‘gay agenda’ because I thought it was mostly nonsense and it is… mostly. But a director for Disney Television Animation did say after she was hired, ‘The showrunners were super welcoming… to my not-so-secret gay agenda.’”

    Maher later concluded, “I’m all for adding queerness wherever… but maybe we should think about giving kids a break from our culture wars for a minute, or at least until the election is over.”

    In March, Nickelodeon issued a statement to Fox News Digital regarding the alleged behaviors on past production sets.

    “Though we cannot corroborate or negate allegations of behaviors from productions decades ago, Nickelodeon as a matter of policy investigates all formal complaints as part of our commitment to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment free of harassment or other kinds of inappropriate conduct,” the statement said. “Our highest priorities are the well-being and best interests not just of our employees, casts and crews, but of all children, and we have adopted numerous safeguards over the years to help ensure we are living up to our own high standards and the expectations of our audience.”

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    Trump Rally Cancelled in North Carolina Due to Severe Weather

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    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump postponed his Saturday night rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, due to the threat of inclement weather.

    The former president addressed the crowd via phone shortly after 6:30, less than half an hour before the event was scheduled to begin.

    He apologized to his supporters, assuring them that he would return to Aero Center Wilmington at a later date.

    “We’re flying in in a few minutes, but they really would prefer that we not come in because there’s a certain danger to all of this, and we want to make sure that everybody is safe above all,” Trump told the crowd.

    “And so they’ve asked us to ask people to leave the site and seek shelter.”

    The rally would have been Trump’s first since the first of his four criminal trials began this week in New York. As of Friday, all 12 jurors and six alternates had been selected.

    “What we’ll do is we’ll make up for this very quickly at another time, but we’ll do it as quick as possible,” Trump said.

    “I’m devastated that this could happen, but we want to keep everybody safe — it’s the most important thing. … If you don’t mind, I think we’re going to have to just do a rain check, I’m so sad. I’m in North Carolina right now and waiting to go in, but they’re saying the weather is really getting bad.”

    It is unclear when the rally will be made up, but Trump said, “We’ll do it bigger and better.”

    The former president is just over six months away from a 2020 rematch against his successor, Democrat Joe Biden.

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