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Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) says he wants offenders shut down ‘permanently’

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) announced Wednesday night that by the end of the week, the city will start cutting off water and electric services to homes and businesses caught holding unauthorized large gatherings in violation of COVID-19 restrictions.

The mayor says he wants offenders shut down “permanently.”

What are the details?

“Recently we’ve seen the reports of some large parties and gatherings in flagrant violation of health ordinances,” Garcetti said during a news conference. “As our county Department of Public Health said yesterday, and I quote, ‘The highest risk settings are large, in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least six feet apart and where face coverings are not worn.”

Despite the fact that Garcetti himself was pictured (see photo above) mask-less among crowds of crammed-together George Floyd protesters weeks ago, he says it’s time to crack down on others who host gatherings that are not permitted by the government.

The mayor went on to say that with bars and nightclubs shut down already under his commands, “these large house parties have essentially become night clubs in the hills.”

So, he has authorized the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to cut services to anyone busted allowing people to assemble in “large” gatherings without permission, starting Friday night.

According to Fox News, Garcetti said his aim is for the utility department to use their new powers against offenders to “shut these places down permanently.”

“By turning off that power, shutting off that water, we feel we can close these places down, which usually are not one-time offenders but multiple offenders,” he explained.

A KTTV-TV reporter tweeted that Gardetti’s “move comes after a massive mansion party took place in #BeverlyCrest on Monday night” that “ended with a shooting that left one woman dead and two others critically injured.”

He added, “Police tell us the party on Mullholland Drive was gang related.”

Garcetti used the example of the Mullholland Drive house party during his conference, and assured citizens that only the most “egregious” offenders would face having their utilities shut off. However, repeat offenders will face criminal charges on top of having utilities cut to their property.

Another KTTV reporter asked the mayor about the legality of his new order, and Garcetti replied that city attorneys assure him the order is “rooted in strong law.”

The Democrat added, “We know we can do this.”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: Town Hall: Los Angeles to shut off utilities to homes and businesses that host unauthorized large gatherings

Unsurprisingly, AOC is leading the charge

Democratic politicians and leftists on Twitter are rallying to boycott Hispanic-owned food-maker Goya, after the company’s CEO heaped praise on President Donald Trump.

What are the details?

During a speech in the White House Rose Garden following a roundtable for Hispanic businesses and leaders on Thursday, Goya CEO Robert Unanue said, “We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder.”

He added, “We have an incredible builder. And we pray. We pray for our leadership, our president, and we pray for our country — that we will continue to prosper and grow.”

NPR reported that “Unanue, a third-generation Spanish American, enraged many with his remarks, including some high-profile Democrats, who also signaled that they would no longer support Goya’s products.”

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) declared on Twitter, “Oh look, it’s the sound of me Googling ‘how to make your own Adobo.”

Failed Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro tweeted, “@GoyaFoods has been a staple of so many Latino households for generations. Now their CEO, Bob Unanue, is praising a president who villainizes and maliciously attacks Latinos for political gain. Americans should think twice before buying their products. #Goyaway”

Immigrant youth organization United We Dream put out a statement saying, “We don’t support companies who endorse and comply with a White Supremacist regime. Under capitalism, know the power of the dollar in their eyes. We’re using it to make a statement. Pledge your commitment to boycotting Goya Foods today.”

By evening, “Goya” was the top trending word on Twitter, along with the hashtags #BoycottGoya and #Goyaway.

According to Goya Foods‘ website, the company was founded by Spanish immigrants Don and Carolina Prudencio Unanue in 1936, and is currently “the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States.”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Dems call for boycott of Hispanic-owned food company Goya after CEO praises President Trump

‘Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead’

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has declared a state of emergency and called up the National Guard to protect citizens and property after violence over the Independence Day weekend left more than thirty Georgians injured and five dead from shootings.

What are the details?

The governor issued an executive order Monday to deploy as many as 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops focused on the city of Atlanta, where an 8-year-old girl was killed Saturday night as riots continue to rage weeks after the death of Rayshard Brooks.

“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda,” Kemp said in a statement. “Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead. This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city.”

He added, “Enough with the tough talk. We must protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Kemp “issued the emergency order after threatening late Sunday to ‘take action’ to curb the unrest in Atlanta if Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) failed to do so, a move that highlighted the complicated, and increasingly tense, relationship between two of the state’s most prominent politicians.”

A press release from the governor’s office stated that “the Georgia Guard will provide support at state buildings, including the Georgia State Capitol, Georgia Department of Public Safety Headquarters, and Governor’s Mansion. This aid will allow state law enforcement personnel to increase patrols on roadways and throughout communities, especially those in the City of Atlanta.”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Georgia governor declares state of emergency, deploys National Guard after deadly weekend

The speaker of the House says if they are removed, it should be done safely

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested holding formal discussions over whether statues of Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson should be taken down, saying she is “all for” such a review.

What are the details?

During an interview Thursday with Washington Post Live, host Robert Costa asked Pelosi for her response to activists who believe “there needs to be a reckoning of some sort” for America’s slave-owning Founding Fathers.

Speaker Pelosi said that while she feels any monuments to Confederates should be removed without question—albeit safely—she is also in favor of talks over whether statues depicting the nation’s first and third presidents should also be taken down.

“I’m concerned about slavery in our country. I think it’s a sin,” the Speaker told Costa. “I also am concerned about what happened to Native Americans in our country, so we have a list of grievances that are part of the early years of our country and we do not want that to be continued by glorifying any of the people who perpetrated those injustices.”

Pelosi then suggested, “Rather than tearing down and defacing (monuments), why don’t we just have a review.”

“I’m all for it. Let’s review this,” she reiterated. “Why are we glorifying the sins of the past? That doesn’t mean because Thomas Jefferson or George Washington or others were slaveowners that we should undermine what they did for our country.”

The Democrat said when it comes to Confederates, “that’s a different story,” then added, “But you know what, subject everything to scrutiny and make a decision.”

You can watch the entire interview below. The discussion on monuments honoring the Founding Fathers begins at the 07:00 mark:

Anything else?

The speaker’s comments come as the Trump administration has called up the National Guard to assist in protecting monuments in Washington, D.C., and told U.S. marshals to prepare to defend monuments nationwide from destruction following weeks of riots that have left statues toppled across America.

Confederate tributes were largely the target of activists during the initial weeks of protests, but statues of Founding Fathers, other U.S. presidents, and even abolitionists have been torn down by mobs in recent days.

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Nancy Pelosi ‘all for’ holding a ‘review’ on taking down statues of Washington and Jefferson

No explanation was provided by the department

The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department’s investigation into a sexual assault allegation against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is “now an inactive case,’ a department spokesperson told Fox News on Wednesday.

The MPD provided no explanation for the change in status of the criminal complaint filed by accuser Tara Reade, which the department described as “an active, ongoing investigation” as of one week ago.

What are the details?

Reade claims Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993 when she was an aide in his Senate office. She says that she filed an internal personnel complaint against Biden during the time she worked for him, and that her initial complaint was ignored.

Reade’s sexual assault accusation was reported in late March when she came forward to two separate left-leaning outlets, saying that Biden put his hands under her clothes and digitally penetrated her without her consent. As her story began to gain steam, she filed the criminal complaint with the D.C. police on April 9, knowing, she said, that the statute of limitations had run.

On April 22, MPD public affairs officer Kristen Metzger told Fox News of Reade’s complaint against Biden, “This is an active, ongoing investigation that is part of our regular review process.”

But on Wednesday, MPD spokeswoman Brianna Jordon told the outlet, “This is an inactive case and there are no additional details to provide.”

In reaction to the news that the status of the investigation had changed, Reade told Fox News, “I’ve made a police report for safety reasons only. I am outside the criminal statue of limitation. However, by making that police report, it allows a mechanism for me to safety plan and work with a victim advocate. I am willing to cooperate with any law enforcement if there is any inquiry or investigation in the future.”

Biden’s campaign has adamantly denied the allegations against the candidate, but Biden has yet to respond personally to the accusations from Reade at all. Despite numerous televised interviews since Reade came forward, not one reporter has asked Biden about Reade’s claims.

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: DC police: Sexual assault investigation into Biden now ‘an inactive case’

The team of 43 men went home to their families after nearly a month on the job

A team of 43 Pennsylvania factory workers clocked out from a 28-day shift on Sunday, after voluntarily living on-site at their plant in order to produce raw materials for making N95 masks and surgical gowns for medical workers in the fight against COVID-19.

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The men are being hailed as heroes and were even recognized by the White House for their selflessness and patriotism as America continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

What are the details?

WPVI-TV reported that the employees at a Braskem America plant in Delaware County “unanimously decided to leave their families, agreeing to eat, sleep and live at the facility where they make equipment for health care workers.”

The factory operated around the clock, with workers taking 12-hour daily shifts for nearly a month straight making polypropylene, a raw material used to make critical personal protection equipment for health care workers amid nationwide shortages.

Operations shift supervisor Joe Boyce told the outlet, “We’re truly honored to be able to give back and support people we will never meet in some way.” He added, “All the first responders, all the people on the front lines, we thank you. That’s what makes our job easy to do.”

Health care workers and other Americans have let the team know they are grateful for their sacrifices. Boyce told the Washington Post, “We’ve been getting messages on social media from nurses, doctors, EMS workers, saying thank you for what we’re doing. But we want to thank them for what they did and are continuing to do. That’s what made the time we were in there go by quickly, just being able to support them.”

On Thursday, the White House shared the workers’ story on Twitter with the message, “THANK YOU to the incredible, patriotic employees of the Braskem America plant in Pennsylvania!”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Factory workers lived at their plant for 28 days straight to make PPE materials in coronavirus fight

‘It’s taking a sledge hammer to an ant’

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has been hit with at least two federal lawsuits from residents pushing back on what they say are “draconian” mandates during the coronavirus pandemic, with one attorney likening her actions to “taking a sledge hammer to an ant.”

What are the details?

Reuters reported that separate complaints were filed in federal court on Tuesday and Wednesday wherein “several Michigan residents and one business accused the Democratic governor of violating their constitutional rights by imposing her ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ order.”

The plaintiffs in Wednesday’s lawsuit claimed they “reasonably fear that the draconian encroachments on their freedom set forth in this complaint will, unfortunately, become the ‘new norm.'”

David Helm, an attorney who represents four of the plaintiffs suing Whitmer, told WJBK-TV of the governor’s executive order, “It’s like taking a sledge hammer to an ant. We believe it is over-broad and over-reaching. There is a way to do it appropriately without infringing on Constitutional rights like the governor has.”

Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders go far beyond what most governors have issued during the COVID-19 pandemic and are some of the most stringent measures in the nation — barring Michiganders from purchasing seeds for planting and even banning travel between households.

Along with the lawsuits, Whitmer has faced major pushback for her policies. A petition has been launched to have her recalled, thousands of demonstrators surrounded the capitol building in Lansing in protest of her mandates earlier this week, and several county sheriffs in the state announced they would not strictly enforce her policies, saying she was “overstepping her executive authority.”

Anything else?

For better or worse, the attention surrounding Whitmer’s orders has gained her national name recognition to the point that she is now being floated by pundits as a possible vice presidential pick of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Gov. Whitmer hit with multiple lawsuits from Michigan residents over ‘draconian’ pandemic orders

The ex-ESPN host’s take has not been well-received

Former ESPN host Jemele Hill proved once again that she cannot pass up an opportunity to criticize President Donald Trump, when she reacted to the news that Robert Kraft flew masks to the U.S. by criticizing the Patriots owner for supporting the president.

What are the details?

On Thursday, the Boston Globe reported that “the Kraft family had deployed a New England Patriots team plane to China to deliver” 1.7 million “desperately needed” N95 masks to Massachusetts for health care workers fighting to save coronavirus patients.

Hill, who has a long history of criticizing the president, reacted to the article by tweeting, “This is where I remind people that Robert Kraft is friends with Donald Trump and gave to his campaign. It’s incredible the Kraft family is doing this, but hope they understand their money helped empower their friend.”

Hill faced waves of backlash over her response, and even her own supporters tried to explain that reacting to a lifesaving measure with a cheap political hit was not an appropriate reaction — especially while the nation is in crisis.

Director and producer Robby Starbuck wrote, “Robert Kraft doing this will literally save lives. You saw this beautiful act as an opportunity for you to attack him for supporting the President of the United States. That says a hell of a lot more about you than you realize (and not in a good way). Really vile thing to do.”

A second director responded, “This is where I remind people Jemele Hill got fired from ESPN for her opinions on politics.”

One person advised Hill to “just let the good deed stand. This isn’t time to be divisive,” to which the Atlantic staff writer replied, “If you consider facts divisive, oh well. But maybe these owners and billionaires need to better understand that just as their money can do a good deed, it can also cause irreparable damage.”

A supporter of Hill’s added, “Jemele…no one has been a bigger fan of you since the rip, love everything you’ve done and continue to do and understand your point…but is it necessary right now? Let’s all be uplifting. Damn.”

But Hill was defiant, saying, “Yes it is necessary. If we don’t critically think about how we got here, we will be back here again.”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Patriots plane flies 1.7 million masks to the US — Jemele Hill reacts by blasting Robert Kraft for supporting Trump

President Donald Trump announced Monday that his administration will meet with members of Congress on Tuesday to discuss a number of economic relief measures aimed at assisting businesses and wage-earners as fears over the coronavirus continue to impact the U.S.

What are the details?

During a press conference, the president said his team was set to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Republicans to discuss “a possible payroll tax cut” to provide “very substantial relief” to businesses as the spread of the coronavirus has hurt industry and roiled markets.

“We’re also going to be talking about hourly wage earners getting help so that they can be in a position where they’re not going to ever miss a paycheck,” President Trump said. “We’ll be working with companies, small companies, large companies, a lot of companies, so that they don’t get penalized for something that’s not their fault. It’s not their fault, it’s not our country’s fault; this was something that we were thrown into, and we’re going to handle it and we have been handling it.

The president also said his administration would be working with the Small Business Administration “creating loans for small businesses.”

“We’re also working with the industries, including the airline industry, the cruise ship industry — which obviously will be hit — we’re working with them very, very strongly,” President Trump continued, adding, “we’re also talking to the hotel industry.”

According to CNN, Senate Republicans were “cool” to the idea of such economic stimulus proposals as of Monday afternoon. Sen. John Cornyn called the prospect “premature,” saying, “I usually love tax cuts, but I think it’s a little bit premature again.”

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) told the outlet, “What I don’t want to do is just borrow a bunch of money and throw it out in the street to stimulate spending.”

“Maybe some tax cuts or tax deferral would be in order,” Cramer said, before adding, “But I’m not sure the market’s looking for stimulation into the economy. The market is looking for the coronavirus to be solved.”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: President Trump to propose payroll tax cut, other financial relief amid coronavirus impact

This provides context to President Trump’s discussions last year with the president of Ukraine

In a Thursday night special, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck laid out the evidence implicating a possible international money laundering scheme linked to Ukrainian gas firm Burisma and former Burisma board member Hunter Biden.

The links provided by Beck show that $1.8 billion in U.S. taxpayer dollars sent to Ukraine during the Obama administration is unaccounted for — and raises the question: Why hasn’t Congress launched an investigation into how those funds were spent?

What are the details?

During the special, Beck explained that in 2014, $23 million was sent to a bank in London via wire transfer by Mykola Zlochevsky, the head of Burisma. British authorities immediately froze the accounts and began tracing the funds back to their origins.

According to Beck, the evidence suggests that the money had been laundered through the minimally regulated Latvian banking system and transferred into an array of shell companies.

“Not only did Biden not seem to care about his new company being investigated for stealing and laundering money,” Beck said, “he also apparently didn’t mind that the primary owner of Burisma [Valeriyovych Kolomoyskyi] was on a U.S. visa ban list for — get this — murders and beheadings.”

A few weeks after Burisma was implicated in a money laundering ring, Hunter Biden became a board member, and within a few months, then-Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry lobbied for $1.8 billion to be delivered into PrivatBank — which was owned by Kolomoyskyi and became Ukraine’s state bank.

That $1.8 billion is still missing and could have gone anywhere — possibly into Kolomoyskyi’s own pocket, or possibly spent in whole or in part to bankroll Ukraine’s war with Russia, given that the oligarch was known for “bankrolling” the conflict. But if the funds were used to fund a war with Russia, those taxpayer dollars were not authorized by Congress.

The International Monetary Fund has also been investigating corruption and money laundering in Ukraine, and in 2016, the Ukrainian government finally seized PrivatBank from Kolomoyskyi for enriching himself off of IMF loans.

On September 10, 2019, the IMF informed the White House Budget Office that there was an “obligating event” that needed to occur in order for Ukraine to receive further IMF funds.

On Sept. 11, police special forces raided PrivatBank, seizing documents and evidence needed to investigate the scheme. The same day, President Donald Trump released military aid to Ukraine.

“Trump wanted a public announcement of ‘investigations,’ and everyone assumed that he meant an interview on CNN,” Beck said. “I’d say a special forces daylight raid on Ukraine’s biggest and most corrupt bank is one hell of a public announcement.”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Glenn Beck unveils money laundering scheme linked to Hunter Biden and Burisma

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