MIAMI — Police say a 10-year-old boy approached his father with an unusual request: Could he take him to do a drive-by shooting in Opa-locka with a paint gun? The father, 26-year-old Michael Williams, agreed, detectives say. Williams’ van pulled up to the house on Rutland Street, and the boy began to shoot paint balls into the crowd, where some other young people were gathering in the front yard. But the resident, Gregory Barns, believed “he and his family were under attack” — and squeezed off one round with a real gun, wounding the boy on Sunday night, according to police. Williams has now be...
The Department of Homeland Security is worried by the QAnon conspiracy theory that Donald Trump will be reinstated as president in August.
Trump reportedly was convinced of being reinstated by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, even though the U.S. Constitution does not contain a provision to allow it to happen.
"The conspiracy theory that Donald Trump will be reinstated as president in August has sparked concerns at the Department of Homeland Security, a top official there told members of Congress on Wednesday. The exchange came in a members-only briefing that John Cohen, the department's top counterterrorism official, gave to the House Committee on Homeland Security," Politico reported Thursday, citing "three people familiar with the briefing."
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), who was a CIA analyst before her political career, asked Cohen about the reinstatement conspiracy theory.
"Cohen replied that DHS is not aware of any specific, credible threats of violence linked to the conspiracy theory about Trump being reinstated. But he added that DHS is following discussion of the topic online among extremist communities. And he said department officials are highly concerned about it because it fuels the false narrative that the election was rigged — a narrative that may trigger a violent response from extremists," Politico reported. "A Morning Consult/POLITICO survey from earlier this month showed that almost one-third of Republican voters have bought into the conspiracy theory. It traffics in the same themes of election-rigging that fueled the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Republican members of Congress blocked an effort to establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate that attack."
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew Giuliani took to Twitter Thursday to rant about the recent decision to suspend his father from practicing law pending an investigation into his capacity to uphold the standards of the legal profession. The elder Giuliani is accused of lying in court multiple times.
According to the younger Giuliani claimed the whole incident was about politics and attacked the Justice Department.
"This is just unbelievable to see just how politicized all of this has become," he said. "This is unacceptable, and I stand by my father. He did everything, ultimately, by the book, and the fact that there would be this politicization in our Justice Department is disgusting. It is a cancer that needs to be cut out, and it needs to be cut out right now."
As former federal prosecutor Joyce White Vance explained, none of this makes any sense because it isn't political nor is it the Justice Department.
"The state bar disciplined Giuliani for violating its ethics rules," she explained to the 35-year-old Republican who said he's worked in politics for five decades. "It's not politics & DOJ is not involved. But, I'm here to see more of this scenic roadstop in the promised multiple statements later today. Wondering if there's a crossover with 4 Seasons Landscaping?"
The Giuliani decision was published by the Supreme Court of New York Appellate Division, First Judicial Department.
See Vance's tweet below:
US President Joe Biden announced Thursday he has reached a deal with a bipartisan group of senators to rebuild the nation's infrastructure, likely unlocking the most funding for roads, bridges and ports in decades.
"We have a deal," Biden said at the White House, adding on Twitter that a group of five Democrats and five Republicans "has come together and forged an infrastructure agreement that will create millions of American jobs."
The president sat down with the lawmakers at the White House to cap weeks of negotiations on Capitol Hill, where Democrats and Republicans have squared off in tense negotiations over the size and scope of the funding.
Biden will deliver remarks on the deal at 2:00 pm (1800 GMT), the White House said.
A breakthrough on a tentative agreement came late Wednesday, with the senators reportedly agreeing on a package of nearly $1 trillion, with some $559 billion in new funding.
"No one got everything they wanted in this package. We all gave some to get some because what we did was put first the needs of our country, centrist Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema said.
"This does represent a historic investment in our country's infrastructure."
But negotiations on infrastructure are not over.
Biden has proposed some $2 trillion in infrastructure spending over eight years, including funding for some of his priorities like climate change mitigation, child care, schools and social services.
Republicans firmly opposed any inclusion of such projects in the deal, saying only hard infrastructure like roads, airports or broadband internet should be included.
But Democratic leaders are insisting that those projects be funded in a second track known as budget reconciliation, which can pass the 100-member Senate with a simple majority rather than the 60 votes necessary to advance major legislation.
"We will not take up a bill in the House until the Senate passes a bipartisan bill and a reconciliation bill," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned earlier Thursday.
That statement drew a thumbs up on Twitter from progressive Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Congressional Democratic leaders have indicated they would like the House and Senate to vote on the infrastructure bills later this summer.
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