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Cornel West announces BLM activist, professor Melina Abdullah as VP pick

Long-shot presidential candidate Cornel West tapped Melina Abdullah, a professor and one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter, as his running mate for his independent presidential bid.West announced his pick on Wednesday’s episode of “The Tavis Smiley Radio Show” on KBLA radio.”I wanted somebody whose heart, mind, and soul is committed to the empowerment of poor and working peoples of all colors,” West said.

Congress one step closer to reauthorizing controversial federal surveillance tool

Congress is now one step closer to extending the life of a key federal government surveillance tool known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).A bill to reauthorize FISA’s Section 702 passed through the House Rules Committee on Tuesday night, the final hurdle for a piece of legislation before it’s considered House-wide. It passed in a 9 to 2 vote.

White House condemns ‘Death to America’ chants in Michigan, Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer mum

Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer remained silent after protesters in Dearborn, Michigan, who shouted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” during an International Al-Quds Day rally were condemned by the White House and local leaders.The hour-long rally was held in front of the Henry Ford Centennial Library on Friday and was led by local activist Takek Bazzi.

Biden criticizes Netanyahu over Israel-Hamas war, says Israeli leader making a ‘mistake’

President Biden harshly criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the way he is prosecuting the war between Israel and Hamas during an interview with Spanish language broadcaster Univision. “I think what he’s doing is a mistake,” Biden said in an hour-long interview set to air Tuesday night about whether the Israeli leader cares more about his political survival than the national interest of his people. “I don’t agree with his approach.

Spaced out: Sheila Jackson Lee tells Texas students ‘planet’ moon is ‘made up of mostly of gases’

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, misinformed a group of high school students in Houston that the moon is a “planet” that is “made up mostly of gases.”Jackson Lee, who once led the House Science Committee’s space subcommittee, made several false statements that stunned a crowd of teenagers at Booker T. Washington High School during Monday’s solar eclipse.

Former Atlanta chief financial officer pleads guilty to stealing money from city for trips and guns

ATLANTA (AP) — The former chief financial officer for Atlanta pleaded guilty on Monday to stealing money from the city for personal travel and guns and trying to cheat the federal government on his income taxes.Jim Beard, 60, pleaded guilty to one count of federal program theft and one count of tax obstruction in federal court in Atlanta.GEORGIA POLICE IDENTIFY FBI ATLANTA GATE CRASH SUSPECT AS ERVIN BOLLINGU.S. District Judge Steve Jones is scheduled to sentence Beard on July 12.

Republicans take to floor to slam Dems for expected dismissal of Mayorkas trial

Several Senate Republicans took to the chamber floor on Monday night to call for an immediate and open trial into the impeachment articles passed against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “Make no mistake about it: a vote to block the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas is a vote to keep our borders open,” Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., said in floor remarks. Sens. Rick Scott, R-Fla., Eric Schmitt, R-Mo., John Kennedy, R-La.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Mayorkas’s impeachment trial

We’ve seen impeachment trials a lot on Capitol Hill in recent years. The Senate conducted two impeachment trials of former President Trump in early 2020 and early 2021.But no living American has ever witnessed the impeachment trial which is about to begin in the United States Senate.Blink and you might miss it.The House impeached Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in February.

DNC accuses RFK Jr campaign of admitting ‘quiet part out loud’ in leaked 2024 strategy discussion

The Democratic National Committee is accusing RFK Jr.’s presidential campaign of acknowledging its role as a “spoiler” in November after a woman associated with the campaign was captured on video discussing campaign strategy.”The only way that Trump can even, remote possibility of taking New York is if Bobby is on the ballot,” a self identified Kennedy campaign staffer, told a room of Republicans in New York in a video reviewed by Fox News Digital.

McConnell says TikTok bill deserves ‘urgent attention’ amid China security threat concerns

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., noted the need for the Senate to take action on TikTok in a floor speech on Monday, emphasizing to his colleagues that “America’s greatest strategic rival is threatening our security right here on U.S. soil in tens of millions of American homes.””This is a matter that deserves Congress’ urgent attention,” he said.

Mother of American abducted by Hamas: Cease-fire without releasing hostages ‘is a death sentence to them’

The mother of Omer Neutra, a 22-year-old American from Long Island, New York, who was abducted by Hamas on Oct. 7, had a message for those who are pushing for Israel to end its military campaign.”Bringing the hostages back should be the top priority. It should be a world top priority. Everyone looking for de-escalation in the region should be opening the sentence saying, you know, ‘Release the hostages.

Desperate Zelenskyy warns ‘Ukraine will lose the war’ if Congress does not send more aid

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy implored the U.S. to approve more military funding for his country on Sunday, warning that Ukraine would “lose the war” without it.Zelenskyy predicted that if Ukraine falls, Russia will move to invade “other states” next. Republicans in Congress have held up further military payments to Ukraine for months, pointing to the well over $100 billion the U.S. has already sent.

Abbott vs Adams migrant feud rages on after invite to sleep at NY migrant shelter: ‘Gimmicks’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott responded to New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ previous comments that the Republican is “morally bankrupt” and using illegal immigrants as “political pawns” for bussing migrants from the border state to the Big Apple. “He needs to step up and do his job as mayor and protect the people in his community as opposed to gimmicks about what’s going on on the border,” Abbott said on “Fox News Sunday.

Bronx judge who let migrant squatters go free with no bail released suspects who beat up cop

The Bronx judge who set loose six suspected migrant squatters arrested on drugs and weapons charges last week previously released two men who beat up a police officer. Bronx Criminal Court Judge Eugene Bowen, a Democrat elected in 2023, released the six men against the wishes of prosecutors. One of the migrants, Hector Desousa-Villalta, 24, of Venezuela, had been arrested in August on attempted murder charges before the case fell apart.

2 Texas principals charged for violating state election laws

Two principals in a Texas school district are facing criminal charges after allegedly violating state election laws by using their school emails to urge staff to vote for candidates who oppose school choice.Alexander Elementary School Principal Lindsey Lujan and Borman Elementary Principal Jesus Lujan, who are married, work in the Denton Independent School District.

New Jersey Gov Phil Murphy faces flak for not returning to state following historic earthquake

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy came under fire after he did not return to the Garden State following the historic earthquake on Friday that left residents rattled.U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, N.J.-R, spoke with “FOX News Live” on Saturday after Murphy did not issue an on-camera address to residents, despite a few TV and phone interviews, including an interview Saturday with CBS.

Maryland lawmakers finalizing $63B budget with some tax, fee increases

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers headed toward a final vote Friday on the state’s $63 billion budget legislation, which includes tax and fee increases to help pay for transportation and education, though not as much as some lawmakers wanted.The General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats, mostly kept intact Gov. Wes Moore’s $63 billion proposal for the budget year starting July 1.

Fire at Bernie Sanders’ Vermont office was intentionally set, male suspect sought, authorities say

A fire outside the office of Sen. Bernie Sanders in Vermont that caused minor damage but no injuries was intentionally set, and a male suspect is being sought, authorities said Friday.VERMONT LEGISLATURE ADVANCING BILL TO REQUIRE FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES TO COVER DAMAGES FOLLOWING EXTREME WEATHERFirefighters responded to a call Friday morning and found a fire between the vestibule, the elevator and the entrance door of Sanders’ third-floor office in Burlington.

Latino voters may make or break the presidential election in swing states like Nevada

In a swing state like Nevada, every vote will matter in the upcoming presidential election. Latino voters make up nearly one-third of the state’s population and can play a critical role in determining who takes the White House. The latest numbers show the majority of Latino voters in Nevada are registered as non-partisan, a key group President Biden and former President Trump will try to win over. “Nosotros somos la voz para nuestro futuro.

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s red line on Speaker Johnson

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., wants to dump House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La. She authored a resolution to force the House to take a vote of no confidence in the speaker.”I do not wish to inflict pain on our conference and to throw the House in chaos. But this is basically a warning,” said Greene. Greene railed at Johnson for negotiating spending bills with Democrats and forgoing the GOP’s internal rule, requiring 72 hours before voting on legislation.

Adams touts NYC’s ability to ‘manage’ migrant crisis, offers Abbott free stay at shelter during trip

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, said on Thursday that he hopes Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will see how the city has managed the migrant crisis, during his trip to the Big Apple by offering the Republican governor a complimentary stay at a migrant shelter.Adams’ comments came shortly before Abbott, who has bussed thousands of migrants to New York City over the last few years, will headline the New York Republican Party’s annual gala Thursday evening.

Month-long Macedonian election season begins

North Macedonia’s presidential race kicked off on Thursday, with seven candidates vying for the largely ceremonial post in a two-round vote that will conclude on May 8.The official start to campaign season means the candidates are allowed to make campaign speeches, hold rallies and present their agendas.