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Biden Invited to Address Joint Session of Congress on April 28

(Bloomberg) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has invited President Joe Biden to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress on April 28. The address will come just before his 100th day in office. “Nearly 100 days ago, when you took the oath of office, you pledged in a spirit of great hope that ‘Help Is On The Way.’ Now, because of your historic and transformative leadership, Help Is Here,” Pelosi said in a letter to the president. “In that spirit, I am writing to invite you to address a Joint Session of Congress on Wednesday, April 28, to share your vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.”

mucifer

Congressional Black Caucus celebrates first White House visit in four years

(The Hill) The last time the caucus visited the White House was in March 2017, when White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond — who was then in the House and served as chair of the CBC — pressed former President Trump to focus on issues that were important to African Americans.

Nevilledog

Biden Chooses Stats Expert to Lead Census Bureau

(Courthouse News) President Joe Biden intends to nominate one of America’s leading statisticians, Robert Santos, as director of the U.S. Census Bureau, the White House announced on Tuesday. Santos currently serves as the president of the American Statistical Association and as vice president and chief methodologist at the Urban Institute in Washington.

The veteran statistician, who is a third-generation native Mexican American, would be the first person of color to permanently lead the Census Bureau if he is confirmed by the Senate following Biden’s official nomination.

TomCADem

Cruz, Hawley, Lee want to "break up" MLB as punishment for protesting Georgia voting restrictions

(Salon) Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced a bill that would end the MLB's antitrust exemption, which dates back to a 1922 Supreme Court decision, in response to its protest of the Georgia law. The senators discussed the proposed change as a matter of fairness at a news conference on Tuesday, criticizing corporations for seeking "handouts" and "subsidies," even though all three of them voted to drastically slash corporate taxes and have backed numerous corporate subsidies they like. The trio made clear that the bill was in response to a corporate action they disagreed with.

demmiblue

CEOs and Corporations protest Republican voter suppression

Hundreds of CEOs and more than 110 corporations ran double full page ads in the New York Times and Washington Post. "For American democracy to work for any of us, we must ensure the right to vote for all of us."

TexasTowelie

Capitol Police Told to Hold Back on Riot Response on Jan. 6, Report Finds

(New York Times) The Capitol Police had clearer advance warnings about the Jan. 6 attack than were previously known, including the potential for violence in which “Congress itself is the target.” But officers were instructed by their leaders not to use their most aggressive tactics to hold off the mob, according to a scathing new report by the agency’s internal investigator. In a 104-page document, the inspector general, Michael A. Bolton, criticized the way the Capitol Police prepared for and responded to the mob violence on Jan. 6. The report was reviewed by The New York Times and will be the subject of a Capitol Hill hearing on Thursday.

Mr. Bolton found that the agency’s leaders failed to adequately prepare despite explicit warnings that pro-Trump extremists posed a threat to law enforcement and civilians and that the police used defective protective equipment. He also found that the leaders ordered their Civil Disturbance Unit to refrain from using its most powerful crowd-control tools — like stun grenades — to put down the onslaught.

Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin

Former Trump official Sebastian Gorka banned from YouTube over election conspiracy theories

(Salon) Former Trump White House senior adviser turned right-wing radio host Sebastian Gorka was permanently booted off of YouTube over the weekend after receiving his third strike on the platform in 90 days for touting unhinged election conspiracy theories. Gorka's channel was suspended for misleading users on the platform by pushing the baseless claim that the 2020 election was plagued with widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. Salon found the infamous Trump flack, formerly accused of wearing Hungarian pro-Nazi regalia, was pushing voter fraud claims as recently as last week in a video entitled: "Can We Stop the Next Steal?"

Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin

Indicted Matt Gaetz Pal Paid Former Teen's Legal Fees While Under Investigation

(Huff Post) The indicted ex-tax collector friend of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) paid for a lawyer for the underage teenager at the heart of sex trafficking charges against him, according to a bombshell WhatsApp chat obtained by Politico. Politico reported that Joel Greenberg was in a “panic” just days before the federal indictment on 33 different charges including identity theft, financial crimes and sex trafficking.

In a chat with a friend who later discussed the messages with Politico, the former Seminole County tax collector referred to the unidentified young woman as “Vintage 99,” a name with her birth year that she reportedly used online. “I’m having to pay for vintage 99 to retain [a] lawyer,” Greenberg wrote in the chat, saying federal agents “contacted her and are wanting her to talk,” Politico reported. “She doesn’t want to talk to them,” he added.

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Matt Gaetz's Friend Has Been Cooperating for Months

(Political Wire) “A former local official in Florida indicted in the Justice Department investigation that is also focused on Rep. Matt Gaetz has been providing investigators with information since last year about an array of topics,” the New York Times reports. “Joel Greenberg, a onetime county tax collector, disclosed to investigators that he and Mr. Gaetz had encounters with women who were given cash or gifts in exchange for sex.”

Key detail: “Mr. Greenberg began speaking with investigators once he realized that the government had overwhelming evidence against him and that his only path to leniency lay in cooperation.”

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Maryland trooper fatally shoots teen armed with airsoft gun

59 replies - April 14 (UPI) -- Police in Maryland said they are investigating a trooper-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a 16-year-old boy armed with an airsoft gun and knife. Maryland State Police on Tuesday identified the slain teen as Peyton Ha ... (UPI)

Women detail drug use, sex and payments after late-night parties with Gaetz and others

21 replies - [div class"excerpt"]The first thing some of the women were asked to do when they got to the house parties in the gated community in suburban Orlando was to put away their cellphones, according to two women in attendance who spoke to CNN in ... (CNN)

Bernie Madoff of Ponzi Scheme Infamy Has Died in Federal Prison

12 replies - New York (AP) -- Bernie Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history, died in a federal prison early Wednesday, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Madoff died at the Federal ... (Bloomberg)

DeSantis pushes for more restrictive Florida voting laws despite rejected ballot in 2016

11 replies - Florida Gov. Ron Desantis’ primary ballot was rejected for not having a matching signature when he was a congressman in 2016, NBCLX reports. Why it matters: DeSantis is now at the forefront of the "voter integrity" fight surrounding how vo ... (Axios)

With 100 days until the Tokyo Olympics, Japan has vaccinated less than 1% of its population

6 replies - Tokyo (CNN)When 2020 Tokyo Olympics volunteers have in recent weeks asked officials how they'll be protected from Covid-19, given the foreign athletes pouring into Japan for the event and the country's low vaccination rate, the answer has been simple ... (CNN)

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Biden Administration Moves To Undo Trump Abortion Rules For Title X

2 min ago - April 14, 20219:09 AM ET The Biden administration is moving to reverse a Trump-era family planning policy that critics describe as a domestic "gag rule" for reproductive healthcare providers. The proposal published on Wednesday would ... (NPR)

Biden rolls back Trump's anti-abortion curbs on family planning funds

6 min ago - The proposed overhaul erases restrictions on abortion providers that Democrats derided as a "gag rule." By ALICE MIRANDA OLLSTEIN 04/14/2021 09:46 AM EDT The Biden administration on Wednesday moved to unwind former President Donald Trum ... (Politico)

Schumer praises Biden's 'careful and thought-out plan' for Afghanistan

13 min ago - By Chandelis Duster, CNN Updated 10:28 AM ET, Wed April 14, 2021 (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday praised President Joe Biden's plan to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, calling it a "careful and thought-out plan.& ... (The Hill)

Hundreds of corporations, business leaders, celebs sign statement against voting restrictions

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Bipartisan Senate proposal would grant $50 million to minority businesses

23 min ago - BY RAFAEL BERNAL - 04/14/21 10:34 AM EDT A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Wednesday to grant minority entrepreneurs $50 million to establish and grow their businesses. The bill, introduced by Sens. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Thom Til ... (The Hill)

Biden admin intends to move forward with $23B UAE weapons sales

34 min ago - By Jennifer Hansler, CNN Updated 10:31 AM ET, Wed April 14, 2021 Washington (CNN) - The Biden administration intends to move forward with $23 billion in proposed arms sales to the United Arab Emirates even as it continues its review of pending wea ... (CNN)

Wisconsin state treasurer Sarah Godlewski launches Senate bid (Wisconsin)

4 hrs ago - Wisconsin state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski launched a Senate bid on Wednesday, joining a field of Democrats vying to take on Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) in 2022. “People say we can’t fix the Senate, but I don’t buy that,” Godlewski said in a video ann ... (The Hill)

Exclusive: White House meeting with members of Problem Solvers Caucus

4 hrs ago - Top White House officials will meet Wednesday with a bipartisan coalition of House lawmakers as the administration tries to enlist moderates to support the president's infrastructure proposal. Why it matters: The meeting is something of an olive bra ... (Axios)

Iran Vows to Increase Uranium Enrichment After Attack on Nuclear Site

8 hrs ago - Iran said Tuesday that it would begin enriching uranium to a level of 60 percent purity, three times the current level and much closer to that needed to make a bomb, though American officials doubt the country has the ability to produce a weapon in t ... (NY Times)

Cops Investigate Trump Fan Who Called Child 'Piece of Sh**t Terrorist'

8 hrs ago - Courtney Brogle 9 hrs ago Canadian cops are investigating a local Trump supporter after a viral video claims he called a child wearing a hijab a "piece of s**t terrorist." Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were alerted to " ... (Newsweek)

Two N.C. officers suspended over 'disturbing' video of them punching Black man on the ground

9 hrs ago - Katie Shepherd 35 mins ago As a woman filmed through her car window, two police officers chased a Black man in a red hoodie across a street in Kinston, N.C. on Monday. After the man fell to the sidewalk, one officer appeared to pummel him repeatedl ... (Washington Post)

Chamber of Commerce Urges Senators to Reject Voting Rights Bill

10 hrs ago - The legislation would make it significantly easier to vote, limit gerrymandering of congressional districts, require third-party groups to reveal secret donors and reform an election watchdog, among other changes. It passed the House, 220 to 210, las ... (Bloomberg)

Cruz, Hawley want to "break up" MLB as punishment for protesting Georgia voting restrictions

10 hrs ago - Cruz, Hawley want to “break Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced a bill that would end the MLB's antitrust exemption, which dates back to a 1922 Supreme Court decision, in response to its protest of the Georgi ... (MSN)

4th grader shames GOP Texas senators who have been "attacking me since Pre-K"

12 hrs ago - "I do not like spending my free time asking adults to make good choices." By Bil Browning Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Ten-year-old Kai Shappley testified in front of the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday and schooled the ... (lgbtqnations.com)

Biden to address Congress for first time April 28 -- his 100th day in office

13 hrs ago - WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on April 28. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi extended the invite to Biden on Tuesday, “to share your vision for addressing the challenges and opportunitie ... (MarketWatch)

NYT: Capitol Police Told to Hold Back on Riot Response on Jan. 6, Report Finds

13 hrs ago - WASHINGTON — The Capitol Police had clearer advance warnings about the Jan. 6 attack than were previously known, including the potential for violence in which “Congress itself is the target.” But officers were instructed by their leaders not to use t ... (New York Times)

Pause in Vaccinations Leads to Canceled Appointments Across States

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Watchdog Group Sues for Records on Whether Investigation of Erik Prince Was 'Influenced' by 'DOJ Off

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President Joe Biden to nominate Christine Wormuth as first woman secretary of the Army

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Indicted Gaetz Associate Is Said to Be Cooperating With Justice Dept

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US court lifts hold on Ohio's Down syndrome abortion law

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Unions eye Brookings, Urban Institute as push to organize think tanks grows

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White Minnesota cop who fatally shot Black motorist resigns

20 hrs ago - BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A white Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb resigned Tuesday. Kim Potter resigned two days after the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center. ... (AP)

Number of Unaccompanied Minors in Border Custody Drops By Nearly Half in Past Two Weeks

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