New York state has confirmed its first coronavirus case, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday night.The patient, a woman in her late 30s, contracted the virus while traveling in Iran, the governor’s office said. The woman lives in Manhattan, according to a New York state official.“This evening we learned of the first positive case of novel coronavirus — or COVID-19 — in New York State,” Cuomo said in the statement. “The patient, a woman in her late thirties, contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran, and is currently isolated in her home. The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is no...
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The campaign arm of Senate Republicans is facing a complaint that it is illegally spending money in 2022 midterm races.
The complaint was based off a bombshell New York Times report titled, "How a Record Cash Haul Vanished for Senate Republicans."
The report focused on the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), which is chaired this cycle by Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL).
"Mr. Scott has taken to saying that money could be the party’s greatest impediment to taking control of the 50-50 Senate in November, and he has been acting to make up financial ground," The Times reported on Sept. 3. "Under campaign finance law, a portion of the committee’s funds are supposed to be walled off for legal expenses, and are not to be used for campaigning. Yet in July, the committee’s biggest expense — a $1 million media buy, apparently for Colorado and Washington ads — came from those restricted legal funds, according to federal records.
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Chris Hartline, a spokesperson for the NRSC and Scott, told the newspaper “If the Democrats don’t like that, tough.”
Apparently, it wasn't only Democrats who did not like the practice as the NRSC is now facing a Federal Election Commission complaint from the Campaign Legal Center.
"The spending, which appears to have been used for ads in the Senate races in Colorado and Washington State, is part of more than $3 million in media-related spending through the Republican committee’s legal fund, according to federal filings in 2021 and 2022," The Times reported Wednesday. "Federal law stipulates that money raised for such an account, to which individual donors are allowed to give three times as much as they can to the main committee fund-raising vehicle, can be used only for 'the preparation for and the conduct of election recounts and contests and other legal proceedings.'"
Read the full report.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said Wednesday that the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol will meet again before the election and said that there is a lot of new information to reveal to the public.
Speaking to Raw Story and other reporters outside of the Capitol on Wednesday, Raskin said that they also have to work through the final report, though he didn't indicate when to expect that to be released. If Republicans take over Congress in November, the Jan. 6 committee is likely to be finalized quickly. Committee Chairman Benny Thompson (D-MS) called the committee a work in progress and said that there is still a lot that needs to be done before finalizing it.
Thompson made it clear that the committee would produce a report and acknowledged it might come before some of the answers are discovered. Congress is set to vote on the Electoral Count Act crafted by Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), both Jan. 6 committee members. That doesn't necessarily mean that it will be the only piece of legislation to come out of the committee, but there will be recommendations.
"It's always a work in progress," he reiterated. "Hope springs eternal."
Raskin also noted that he didn't have any further details on the subpoenas of fellow members of Congress associated with some of the insurrectionists. The committee hasn't let that stop them, he explained. They're continuing to move forward with every detail they can follow.
The committee's chair hinted at the possibility of witnesses being part of the hearing next week (Sept. 28). He said the theme of the hearing would be revealed in the coming days. One of the topics has yet to be discussed is the evidence from Secret Service agents.
At the same time, the former Trump detail leader Bobby Engle and agent turned staffer Tony Ornato are supposed to testify to the committee again after revelations that Ornato was behind a campaign to discredit her behind the scenes, according to Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). Ornato is said to have done this from the office of the Secret Service prior to his resignation.
Another potential topic is the path of funding to organizers and vendors for the Jan. 6 event from the Trump campaign. There were other funders from various state and local Republican Party groups and individual donors that funded busses of people sent to Washington for the Jan. 6 event.
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Thompson told Raw Story that they are also still in talks with the lawyers for former Vice President Mike Pence, who was the target of an assassination plot from the mob while he and his family were in the U.S. Capitol. Pence, like Republican members of Congress, may simply try to run out the clock until a new Congress can be sworn in. Still, Thompson told reporters that he is optimistic Pence will speak.
"He was central to what occurred," Thomson said of Pence, noting that it's important to hear from him.
One of the pieces in the Electoral Count Act is clarifying whether the vice president has the power to stop the count. The Constitution outlines the role, but the new legislation reinforces it so there is no wiggle room, Thomson explained.
"You have to clear that up," said Thompson. "That became the main focus when the court failed, and recounts failed, then it fell to the pressure on the vice president to change the outcome of the electoral count. To his credit, he didn't do it."
During his campaign for a northwestern Ohio congressional seat, Republican J.R. Majewski has said he's an Air Force combat veteran who deployed to Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks . But according to military documents obtained by the Associated press, Majewski never deployed to Afghanistan, but instead spent a six-month stint helping load planes at an air base in Qatar.
The AP's report states that Majewski has exaggerated other aspects of his military service as well, namely "conspiracy theories, talk of violent action against the U.S. government" and "occasional financial duress."
“It bothers me when people trade on their military service to get elected to office when what they are doing is misleading the people they want to vote for them,” Don Christensen, a retired colonel and former chief prosecutor for the Air Force, said of Majewski. “Veterans have done so much for this country and when you claim to have done what your brothers and sisters in arms actually did to build up your reputation, it is a disservice.”
The House GOP campaign committee described Majewski as a veteran whose “squadron was one of the first on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11.” A campaign ad launched by Majewski supporters claimed he was an “Afghanistan War Veteran." In a tweet from last year criticizing the U.S. withdraw from the country, he said he would “gladly suit up and go back to Afghanistan.”
Don Christensen, a retired colonel and former chief prosecutor for the Air Force, told the AP that as somebody was also stationed in Qatar, "I do not consider myself a combat veteran."
“I think that would be offensive to those who were actually engaged in combat and Iraq and Afghanistan," Christensen said.
Majewski’s campaign said that he calls himself a combat veteran because Qatar is considered a combat zone.
"Majewski also lacks many of the medals that are typically awarded to those who served in Afghanistan," the AP reports. "Though he once said that he went more than 40 days without a shower during his time in the landlocked country, he does not have an Afghanistan campaign medal, which was issued to those who served '30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days' in the country."
Read the full report over at the Associated Press.