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Olympic champion and Kardashian clan member Caitlyn Jenner said Friday she has filed paperwork to run for governor of California, in a bid to become the first transgender American to win such a high-profile post.
"I'm in!" the 71-year-old transgender icon and former decathlete said in a statement, adding she will formally launch her campaign -- presumably as a Republican -- in the coming weeks.
Jenner is the most high-profile non-politician to run for governor since Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger clinched a shock victory as a Republican in California's 2003 recall election. He served as governor for more than seven years.
Jenner's bid is considered a longshot by experts.
But it comes as Gavin Newsom, a suave 53-year-old Democrat from San Francisco, faces a backlash over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly his stay-at-home order that hit the state's businesses and families hard.
California is expected to hold its second-ever recall election sometime this year, as the state's anti-Newsom petition appears on track to secure the necessary number of signatures to trigger a recall vote.
"I am a proven winner and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom's disastrous time as governor," Jenner said in the statement.
She noted how Newsom attended a now-infamous lunch last year with lobbyists at an opulent Napa Valley restaurant during a partial lockdown.
"Small businesses have been devastated because of the over-restrictive lockdown (and) an entire generation of children have lost a year of education and have been prevented from going back to school, participating in activities, or socializing with their friends," she said.
Jenner added that her run "will be a campaign of solutions, providing a roadmap back to prosperity to turn this state around and finally clean up the damage Newsom has done to this state."
Jenner, as Olympian Bruce Jenner before her 2015 transition, was married to Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian family whose television show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" has been a two-decade hit.
Bruce's transition to Caitlyn Jenner was documented by the show's cameras and helped introduce her to a new generation of supporters.
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A female police employee was stabbed to death by a Tunisian man at a police station southwest of Paris on Friday, the local prosecutor's office and a police source told AFP.
The attacker was fatally wounded when an officer opened fire on him at the station in Rambouillet, a wealthy commuter town about 60 kilometres (40 miles) from Paris, a police source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The attack took place in the secure entrance area of the station at around 2:20 pm (1220 GMT), the police source added.
The woman, 48, was stabbed in the throat twice, the source said.
Prime Minister Jean Castex and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin both announced they were heading to the scene.
The assailant was aged 36 and was unknown to security services, sources close to the investigation told AFP.
France has faced a series of attacks blamed on Islamist radicals in recent years that have cost the lives of hundreds of people.
- Spate of attacks -
Several attacks over the last year have reignited concerns about the spread of radical Islam inside France as well as immigration.
In September, a Pakistani man wounded two people with a meat cleaver outside the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo which had printed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammmed.
On October 16, a young Chechen refugee beheaded teacher Samuel Paty who had showed some of the caricatures to his pupils.
And on October 29, three people were killed when a recently arrived Tunisian went on a stabbing spree in a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice.
These came after the massacres carried out by Islamist extremists from 2015 that began with the massacre of staff in the offices of Charlie Hebdo in January that year.
In France's deadliest peacetime atrocity, 130 people were killed and 350 were wounded when Islamist suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Stade de France stadium, bars and restaurants in central Paris and the Bataclan concert hall in November 2015.
And in 2016 a man rammed a truck into a Bastille Day crowd in Nice in 2016, killing 86 people.
President Emmanuel Macron's government has introduced legislation to tackle radical Islamist activity in France, a bill that has stirred anger in some Muslim countries.
© 2021 AFP
GOP’s Josh Hawley slammed by Missouri paper for opposing Asian hate crime bill so he could go on Fox News
According to the editorial board of the Kansas City Star, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) chose to be the only U.S. senator to vote against an anti-Asian hate crime bill because he is more interested in getting attention for himself -- and a slot on Fox News -- than he is about the safety of Asian-Americans who are being attacked by right-wing extremists.
In a withering editorial, the board noted Hawley was on the losing side of a 94-1 vote on a bill that proclaimed, "The United States condemns and denounces any and all anti-Asian and Pacific Islander sentiment in any form," and authorized the attorney general to appoint an overseer to monitor hate crimes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Hawley, he opposed the bill because, "It's too broad. As a former prosecutor, my view is it's dangerous to simply give the federal government open-ended authority to define a whole new class of federal hate crime incidents."
The editorial board wasn't buying it and fact-checked the controversial lawmaker by first pointing out that his claim he was a "prosecutor" was a bit of a stretch.
Writing, "Hawley, who had just been elected Missouri's attorney general when he started running for the U.S. Senate, is not even right about being a former prosecutor, though the AG's office does have certain prosecutorial powers," they added, "And the law does not give the government 'open-ended authority'."
"The bill, originally introduced by Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, isn't limited to hate crimes involving Asian American victims. It also includes grants to local authorities to monitor hate crimes, which is critical in preventing them," they wrote. "In short, there is nothing in the bill that is an overreach, unless you think ethnic assaults and murders are acceptable. That's why 94 U.S. senators approved the legislation Thursday, in a rare show of bipartisanship. Except, of course, for Missouri's Hawley."
The editors -- who have previously called for Hawley's ouster over his attempts do halt the certification of the 2020 election -- claimed the Republican is only in it for the publicity with a belief he can become Donald Trump's heir apparent.
"His unquenchable thirst for Fox News appearances and fundraising cash continues to make this country unsafe, whether it's from a gang of rioters pushing through the Capitol's windows or from some lone gunman feverishly surfing the internet for anti-Semitic, or anti-Asian, or anti-Black, or anti-American messages," they accused before adding, "There is too much bloodshed in this nation. Given a chance to help slow it down, Sen. Hawley demurred, then headed for another camera."
Adding that Hawley can be ousted by voters until his seat comes up in 2024, the paper concluded by providing a link to readers where they could express their displeasure with their U.S. senator.
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