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Bundy-backing Las Vegas councilwoman used cops as ‘private Gestapo’ to silence critics at HOA meeting

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A Las Vegas city councilwoman had critics thrown out of a homeowners association meeting after her actions were questioned.

The meeting was called Thursday to discuss the future of Pop Squires Park, which may be sold by the homeowners association for development as an apartment complex, and residents who enjoy the public park turned out to ask questions, reported KTNV-TV.

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City Councilwoman Michele Fiore, a Republican former state lawmaker and supporter of scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy, made clear beforehand the meeting was intended for HOA members only — but concerned residents showed up anyway.

Some participants said Fiore was hostile from the start, complaining that her staff was treated poorly at a previous meeting, and she threatened to remove anyone she deemed as disruptive.

Fiore quickly ordered city marshals to remove someone who asked her a question about the sale, and a disabled veteran who lives nearby decided to start recording video on his phone.

That set off Fiore, who is shown on video pointing at the former police officer and demanding to know where he lives.

Randall McGlade told the city councilwoman he lived “in the general area” — and Fiore ordered marshals to remove him, too.

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“Marshals, please,” she said. “This is for a neighborhood meeting … That’s very rude what you’re doing.”

A city marshal somewhat reluctantly told McGlade he had to get up, and then told the former officer Fiore had “every right” to kick him out after he argued with the councilwoman.

“They were basically acting like Fiore’s personal Gestapo,” McGlade said, referring to the Nazi secret police.

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Several attendees contacted the TV station to complain about the elected official’s behavior, but Fiore defended her actions.

“It needs to be said that if it’s a private meeting, then you can be in that private meeting respectfully,” Fiore told KTNV. “If you choose not to be respectful, I will ask you to leave.”

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Fiore insisted she wanted to save the park, and she suggested holding a public meeting there to discuss the proposed sale.

“Let’s have a barbecue at the park, and my city council members, staff and everything, we’ll bring the beer and hot dogs.”

Fiore has a history of reacting angrily to public criticism.

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After an assemblyman raised concerns about a bill she introduced, Fiore lashed out and said, “Could you just sit your ass down and be quiet?”

She was also involved in ending the lengthy standoff last year at an Oregon wildlife preserve, which Bundy’s sons occupied with other armed militants to protest federal laws on public lands.


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Rapper fatally shot while ‘walking away’ by California security guard after dispute over face mask

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A California security guard is facing murder charges after allegedly shooting a 1990s-era rapper while "walking away" after a dispute over face masks.

CNN reported that 50-year-old Jerry Lewis was killed by Umeir Corniche Hawkins at a market in Southern California on July 5.

A dispute occurred between the two men because Lewis was reportedly not wearing a mask.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Hawkins shot Lewis in the back as he walked away after the two had multiple encounters over the face mask.

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Supreme Court stuns experts with 7-2 ruling in Trump tax case

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In a 7-2 decision that surprised many court observers, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that President Donald Trump cannot block a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney seeking his tax returns.

Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, who were nominated by Trump, both joined the majority in ruling against the president.

"Two hundred years ago, a great jurist of our Court established that no citizen, not even the President, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding. We reaffirm that principle," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the decision.

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Writing in The Week this Thursday, Ryan Cooper says that as the coronavirus continues to spike across the country, Republicans have essentially abandoned efforts to stem the spread. "Instead they are feeding the American people into the coronavirus meatgrinder," he writes.

GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focused on protecting companies from liability if they infect their employees or customers, while President Trump threatens to cut off funding from schools that don't open in the fall.

"For months now Republicans have been positing a tradeoff between pandemic containment and the economy, as if we just cancel the lockdowns then everything can go back to normal," Cooper writes. "What they stubbornly refuse to understand is that the virus is the problem. As we are seeing, even in this benighted country a critical mass of people will not go about their normal activities if they are afraid of catching a dangerous disease. Similarly, Sweden did not officially lock down, and as a result it has suffered six-12 times as many deaths as its Scandinavian neighbors — yet its economy took just as bad a hit as theirs. Now that Norway, Denmark, and Finland have contained the virus and are reopening safely but many Swedes are still staying home, the economic damage will be even worse in relative terms."

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