SANTEE, Calif. — A man was spotted wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood in a Vons in the San Diego County city of Santee on Saturday, igniting outrage from the mayor, the head of the Anti-Defamation League in San Diego and others. A corporate spokeswoman said grocery clerks repeatedly asked the shopper to remove the hood or leave the store, located on Mission Gorge Road. A supervisor found the man once he was in a checkout line and asked him again to take off the hood or leave, said Melissa Hill, a spokeswoman for Vons, Albertsons and Pavilions stores in Southern California. The man removed the hood, purc...
Questions raised over FEC’s ‘inexplicable’ decision to give Trump a pass on Stormy Daniels hush money scandal
People hoping for criminal justice reckoning for Donald Trump got some bad news recently after the Federal Election Commission gave the former president a pass regarding his alleged hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
As The Washington Post's Aaron Blake points out, the FEC ruled that it will not move forward with an investigation into Trump alleged role in the payoff. According to Blake, the decision is both "unsurprising and rather inexplicable."
"It's unsurprising because this is par for the course for the FEC," Blake writes. "The bipartisan agency in charge of enforcing campaign finance law has been mired in a state of gridlock for many years, with its key enforcement decisions regularly breaking down along party lines and sometimes without enough members to even function. The decision that was disclosed Thursday pitted two Democrats in favor of moving forward against two Republicans voting against it."
Blake writes that it's been proven that Trump committed a crime.
"The key issues when it came to Trump's culpability were whether he was involved in the payments and whether they were intended to influence the election being held shortly thereafter. [Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen] said publicly in 2018 that both things were true and later testified under oath to the same effect," writes Blake, adding that while Cohen's history made him not the best witness, Trump's own Justice Department also implicated him in the crime.
Read the full analysis over at The Washington Post.
A Michigan man was arrested for attacking TV news crews after disrupting a speech by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
The Democratic governor, who has been a target for criticism from former president Donald Trump and the victim of a kidnapping plot by right-wing militants, visited Elmwood Township to sign a funding bill to protect the state's natural resources, and a man in the crowd started heckling Whitmer over her handling of the coronavirus pandemic, reported UpNorthLive News.
"We don't want you here," the man shouted as Whitmer spoke. "Go back to Lansing."
Whitmer continued speaking as the man shouted obscenities at her, but the governor cut her visit short and canceled an interview with the local TV outlet and was escorted to her car as the man ranted.
Leelanau County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the event as the man taunted the UpNorthLive News crew, who asks why he doesn't enter politics himself if he's so critical of the governor.
"Why would I run for office when the only people who are elected are criminals," he says, raising his eyebrows, "like Whitmer."
The man got increasingly more aggressive toward the news crew, asking if he should destroy the reporter's camera and then hurling a microphone across the parking lot.
Deputies immediately arrested the man, who then spit at the TV camera.
"We have been in contact with this individual before, mostly regarding political-type things," said Sheriff Michael Borkovich. "I personally believe that's not normally what he has done, but I do think when you cross the line, people have to know that we will enforce the law."
The man, whose name will not be officially released until his arraignment, was jailed on two counts of assault and batter and one count of malicious destruction of property, and Whitmer later commented on the incident as she headed to another scheduled event in Petoskey.
"I did not [feel in danger] and I'm terribly sorry to hear that someone who was there to disrupt put in jeopardy one of your colleagues," Whitmer told the TV station. "I'm sorry to hear that. I hope they are okay."
NASA's Perseverance rover has for the first time captured the low-pitched whirring of the Ingenuity helicopter's blades as it flies through the rarefied Martian atmosphere.
The space agency on Friday released new footage shot by the six-wheeled robot of its rotorcraft companion making its fourth flight on April 30 -- this time accompanied by an audio track.
The nearly three-minute-long video begins with the low rumble of the wind blowing across the Jezero Crater, where Perseverance landed in February on a mission to search for signs of ancient microbial life.
Ingenuity then takes off, and its blades can be heard humming softly as they spin at nearly 2,400 rpm on the 872-foot (262 meter) roundtrip.
The mission's engineers weren't sure they would pick up the flight sound at all, given that Perseverance was parked 262 feet (80 meters) aware from the takeoff and landing spot.
The Martian atmosphere is about one percent the density of our planet's, making everything much quieter than on Earth.
"This is a very good surprise," said David Mimoun, a professor of planetary science at Institut Superieur de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO) in Toulouse, France, and science lead for the SuperCam Mars microphone.
"We had carried out tests and simulations that told us the microphone would barely pick up the sounds of the helicopter, as the Mars atmosphere damps the sound propagation strongly," he added.
The SuperCam is an instrument on board Perseverance that laser-zaps rocks from a distance, in order to study their vapor with a device called a spectrometer that reveals their chemical composition.
It also comes with a microphone to record the sounds, which yields additional insights into the physical properties of the targets, like how hard they are.
Similarly, explained Mimoun, the new recording of Ingenuity's flight "will be a gold mine for our understanding of the Martian atmosphere."
NASA made the audio, which was recorded in mono, easier to hear by isolating the pitch of the helicopter blades at 84 hertz, then reducing audio at frequencies below 80 and above 90 hertz. They then increased the volume of the remaining signal.
Soren Madsen, Perseverance payload development manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said the recording was an example of how the mission's instruments are able to work in tandem to enhance our understanding of the Red Planet.
As Ingenuity moves away from Perseverance and out of shot, the pitch decreases and as it returns the pitch increases.
This is known as the Doppler Effect, and it provides an additional layer of confirmation of the helicopter's flight path when it is out of visual range.
The video can be seen here:
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