A man stabbed seven people on the street in Russia's far north Saturday before being shot dead by police but investigators said that his motive was most likely not terrorism. The incident took place on Saturday morning in the city of Surgut, where the man "carried out attacks on passers-by, causing stab wounds", said Russia's Investigative…
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Trump's reputation as a success is 'wearing thin' after criminal fraud guilty verdict and election losses: analysis
In light of Donald Trump's signature company being found guilty of criminal tax fraud in a Manhattan courtroom, followed by one of his hand-picked U.S. Senate candidates going down to defeat in a Georgia runoff, the Guardian's David Smith wrote that the shine is off the former president's reputation as a success is all walks of life.
As Smith explained, the New York businessman has spent decades promoting himself as a business -- and later -- political genius which is now falling apart after court losses and major setbacks at the polls.
Now, as he plots a third run for the presidency, his pitch to his followers is looking increasingly hollow.
"Six years later, the political landscape is different and the act is looking tired to many, even – increasingly – in his own party. No previous former US president, and no previous presidential candidate, has faced such a mountain of allegations and investigations," he wrote.
Adding that Trump's legal woes are far from over as he faces multiple investigations, Smith stated, " ... these cases may be gradually wearing down Trump’s political resilience, especially combined with three successive elections that suggest he is more of a loser than a winner. "
"His winning argument in 2016 was that, having cultivated the image of a successful businessman on his reality TV show The Apprentice, he could now bring the same acumen to governing the country," Smith wrote before claiming, "And in a sense, he did: with fraud, deceit and contempt for the rule of law."
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The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday morning will hear oral arguments in a case that could literally determine the future direction of American democracy – based on a theory Ginni Thomas, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' spouse, was pushing in several states to try to overturn the 2020 election results and install Donald Trump in office.
Marc Elias, the attorney for the Democratic Party who won all 64 cases filed by the Trump campaign and its supporters challenging the 2020 presidential election results, has issued a warning about Wednesday's case, Moore v. Harper.
Elias at his Democracy Docket website calls it "a case out of North Carolina that gives the Court the opportunity to consider the fringe independent state legislature (ISL) theory." On social media he calls it, "the most consequential case for our democracy this term."
Simply put, the Supreme Court justices today will decide if only state lawmakers, some, like in North Carolina, in tremendously gerrymandered districts that give Republicans a guaranteed majority, should be the only ones who can decide all the rules of how their state conducts elections, including ignoring the popular vote and deciding for themselves who their state has "elected" to be President.
"The independent state legislature (ISL) theory is a right-wing constitutional theory about who has the power to set rules for federal elections," Elias explains. "The theory interprets the word 'legislature' in the U.S. Constitution to mean that state legislatures — and only state legislatures — can make laws regulating federal elections. This differs from the standard interpretation, in which 'legislature' means the state’s general lawmaking process, which includes the governor’s veto, citizen-led ballot measures and rulings of state courts."
"By excluding all other parts of the state government," Elias continues, "the theory would allow state legislatures to set election rules and congressional maps unchecked — not by governors, state courts, the people or even state constitutions themselves."
Robert Reich, a Berkeley professor, frequent cable news commentator, and former U.S. Secretary of Labor, explains the case another way: "Moore v. Harper could let extremist state legislatures disregard the popular vote and choose their preferred presidential candidate."
On Tuesday, Reich issued this warning: "Ginni Thomas used the independent state legislature theory in her efforts to pressure state lawmakers to overturn the 2020 election results. This theory is central to a case before SCOTUS tomorrow, called Moore v. Harper. Are we really going to let Clarence Thomas rule on this?"
Last week he posted this short video to explain the case.
Watch Reich's video above or at this link.
CFO of popular NYC restaurant caught on audio raging at employee and threatening to have him deported
The CFO for a popular New York City restaurant was caught on tape raging at an employee she accused of stealing and selling recipes to a competitor, TMZ reports.
Naomi Ram of Jue Lan Club accused staffer Jose Luis Toxqui and another employee of giving out free drinks from the bar. She also accused Jose and his girlfriend, who works at competitor restaurant Sei Less, of stealing Jue Lan's recipes.
"You ever been sent to ICE motherf-----?" she says to Toxqui, who is Mexican.
"Somebody is going to f------ go to jail tonight ... I will f--- your ass up in f------ immigration. I will f--- you the f--- up," Ram says.
"I will make sure you never step foot back in this country," Ram says.
One part of the audio seems to show Ram physically assaulting Toxqui.
According to Page Six, Toxqui sued Ram for assault, battery and unpaid wages in September.
Listen to the audio over at TMZ.