By Jody Godoy and Chris Prentice NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. securities regulator has opened an inquiry into Wall Street's blank check acquisition frenzy and is seeking information on how underwriters are managing the risks involved, said four people with direct knowledge of the matter. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in recent days sent letters to Wall Street banks seeking information on their special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, dealings, the four people said. SPACs are shell companies that raise funds via a listing to acquire a private company with th...
'That's some Handmaid's Tale stuff': MSNBC panel piles on GOPer Tate Reeves over his abortion comments
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves' comments about abortion while appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" set off a strong reaction on MSNBC's "The Sunday Show" after the Republican lawmaker dismissed concerns about women's health.
Reacting to the clip, MSNBC host Johnathan Capehart remarked that the Republican lawmaker sounded like a character out of the best-selling dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale" by Canadian author Margaret Atwood.
"Do you acknowledge that this step will result in some women and almost certainly getting seriously hurt, some even dying?" CNN host Jake Tapper asked on Sunday with Reeves responding, "Well, I certainly would hope that that would not be the case. But what I would tell you, Jake, is that since Roe was enacted since 1973, there have been 62 million American babies that have been killed through this process and I think that those babies in their mother's womb don't have the ability to stand up for themselves, and that's why they have to have people like me and others around this nation that for years have tried to stand up for unborn children."
"I read that in the last block," host Capehart commented. "But to hear him say those words is really rather chilling. That's some Handmaid's Tale stuff he is saying there."
"It's so scary because what it shows is that he does not care about the lives of women," legal analyst Maya Wiley agreed. "And I mean the lives of women. because what we know from data, from research, one, is that women are 14 times more likely to be seriously injured or die because they don't have an abortion than because they do. Abortions are significantly safer to the health of the woman when the woman chooses that."
"Let's be clear," she continued. "It's about having a choice. But the other part of this, and he's in Mississippi where over a third of the population is black. Black women, in particular, are dying of pregnancy-related conditions at four times the rate of women who are white -- four times. A lot of that is about access to quality healthcare, reproductive healthcare. There's only one clinic in Mississippi. That's about whether or not people have all the kinds of healthcare they need, not just pregnancy-related healthcare as well."
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In video posted to Twitter by user @Alexcentral77, members of the white nationalist hate group Patriot Front who marched through Washington on Saturday are seen backing up and then running as they are being filmed loading into vans to leave the area.
On Saturday, videos posted online showed members of the group marching on the National Mall, wearing masks and carrying shields and American flags hung upside down. Later they were seen loading into Penske cargo trucks to depart.
According to a report from the Daily Beast, the departure did not go smoothly as there was not enough vans to bear them away.
In the new video, a group of the white extremists can be seen forming a line and backing up, shields held high, as they are confronted by counterprotesters filming them before suddenly turning and running behind the vans, where a fistfight breaks out after they are followed.
In the video, one counterprotester can be heard yelling "F*ck them up."
Heres a video of patriot front being scared back into trucks by a couple of black guys and some white twinks. Theyre losers IRL which makes the media fear mongering even funnier https://twitter.com/rawsalerts/status/1467260611872669697\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/9kSpRbkB7Q— El P\u00e1jaro (@El P\u00e1jaro) 1638662726
Attorneys for a former CNN employee were ready to provide the network with evidence that then-host Chris Cuomo had engaged in sexual misconduct before he was fired over the weekend.
The New York Times reported that attorney Debra S. Katz had informed CNN of the allegation on Wednesday. The network fired Cuomo on Saturday, citing his defense of his brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (R-NY), who has also been accused of sexual misconduct.
In a statement released on Sunday, Katz revealed that her client had offered to provide CNN with evidence of Cuomo's sexual misconduct on Friday before he was fired.
"By Friday, I was in discussions with CNN about providing documentary evidence of my client's allegations and making my client available for an interview with CNN's outside counsel," Katz said in a statement. "Last night, CNN acted promptly on my client's complaint and fired Mr. Cuomo."
Katz said that she first contacted CNN about the allegations on Wednesday, Dec. 1.
"My client came forward at this time because she felt in sharing her story and related documentation, she could help protect other women," the statement added.
.@DebraKatzKMB Statement Regarding CNN Firing of Chris Cuomo pic.twitter.com/IyQHoyTaib
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