At Puerto Rico’s two juvenile lockups near the island’s southern coast, isolation among detained youths — and temporary shortages among the staff trained to deal with it — have led to a worrisome spike in the number of youths contemplating or attempting to injure themselves, reports say. Puerto Rico’s juvenile justice system has been praised for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calling it “a case study” for preventing serious outbreaks among incarcerated people and staff. But federal court records show that in the aftermath of stri...
'Dangerous nonsense': Elections expert picks apart pro-Trump lawyer's infamous plan to overturn 2020 vote
On Tuesday, University of California Irvine law professor Rick Hasen took to Twitter to shred the six-point plan for overturning the election put forward by Trump lawyer John Eastman, calling it "dangerous nonsense" and deeming it to be full of lies and misrepresentations of the law.
The plan laid out by Eastman, broadly speaking, was for then-Vice President Mike Pence to decline to count the electors in seven states with relatively close election results, claiming that there were "competing slates of electors," and then either declare Trump the winner outright or refer the matter to the House, where Republicans controlled enough state delegations to give Trump a victory.
Here's a lie from John Eastman in the longer memo, when he urges VP pence to just declare the winner based on a fal… https://t.co/aPZqlay0a9— Rick Hasen (@Rick Hasen) 1632264086.0
Eastman, who has previously pushed racist conspiracy theories about Kamala Harris' citizenship, also appeared at the pro-Trump rally on January 6 that preceded the Capitol riot, a controversy which was shortly followed by his retirement as a law professor at Chapman University.
It's been nearly a year since the New York Times published bombshell reports about former President Donald Trump's taxes -- and now Trump is suing the paper.
The Daily Beast reports that Trump filed a lawsuit against the Times and his niece, Mary Trump, who apparently helped the publication secure key documents.
The Trump lawsuit alleges that the newspaper engaged in an "insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records" and that it coerced Mary Trump to "smuggle records out of her attorney's office and turn them over to The Times."
Mary Trump trashed her uncle after being told of the lawsuit and told The Daily Beast that he's "a f*cking loser."
Trump said during the 2016 presidential campaign that he would release his taxes, but kept finding new excuses not to do so even after he got elected.
The Times investigation found that Trump lost staggering sums of money over periods of several years, as he made multiple poor investment decisions that drove him to bankruptcy, only to be rescued when NBC made him a reality TV star with the hit series "The Apprentice."
In fact, Trump's losses were so bad that he didn't pay any income tax for ten of the last 15 years because he was losing so much more money than he was taking in.
Horror stories emerge as unvaccinated patients crush Montana hospitals -- and threats 'have required a police response'
The large hospital in Montana's largest city is in crisis as unvaccinated patients overwhelm the state's healthcare system.
"The state announced 1,209 new cases on Friday, and Yellowstone County, home to Billings Clinic, is seeing the worst of it. Last week, the county had 2,329 active cases, more than the next two counties combined," Nick Ehli reported for KHN on Tuesday.
"What's different from the early scenes of the pandemic is the public's response. Not so long ago, the cheers of community support could be heard from the hospital parking lot. Now, tensions are so strained that Billings Clinic is printing signs for its hallways, asking that the staff members not be mistreated," he explained.
Christy Baxter, the hospital's director of critical care, said the ICU was operating at 160% of capacity.
"Threats have on occasion required a police response. Screaming, profanity-laden insults are a daily occurrence. One patient threw his own feces at a doctor. Some, even in the face of an intubation tube, question the need to be vaccinated or the effectiveness of the medicine being prescribed," he reported.
Also on Tuesday, Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte announced that he was doubling the number of National Guard troops deployed to the hospital. He also announced deployments to hospitals in Bozeman, Butte, Helena and St. Vincent, the other hospital in Billings. He also deployed troops to Missoula county.
Under Gianforte and the GOP legislature, Montana is the only state to ban vaccine mandates for employees.
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