By Jason Cairnduff BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's power-sharing government put aside factional differences on Thursday to appeal for calm after more than a week of nightly violence partly fuelled by frustration among pro-British unionists over post-Brexit trade barriers. Hundreds of youths in the British province's capital Belfast set a hijacked bus on fire and attacked police with stones on Wednesday in scenes reviving memories of decades of sectarian strife that claimed some 3,600 lives prior to a 1998 peace deal. The latest violence has injured 55 police officers and seen boys as yo...
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America has suffered another mass shooting, this time in downtown San Diego.
"A shooting left one person dead and as many as four others wounded Thursday night in the Gaslamp Quarter, authorities said. Officers detained one person and reportedly recovered a firearm, and the scene was not thought to be active as of 11 p.m., San Diego police Officer John Buttle said The gunfire erupted around 10:30 p.m. at Fifth Avenue and J Street, and possibly "a few other locations" along Fifth Avenue, according to Buttle, who said officers and investigators were still sorting out what happened," The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
One person reportedly died at the scene, while three others were taken to area hospitals.
"According to police, officers responded around 10:30 p.m. to reports that a restaurant employee had been shot at 5th Avenue and J Street in the Gaslamp Quarter, a few blocks from Petco Park," ABC News 10 reported. "Police said two people were taken into custody. No other details were given at this time."
#BREAKING shooting in downtown #SanDiego near 5th and Island Ave. Officer on scene tells me this was not a mass sho… https://t.co/wbfr72dQGz— Dana Griffin (@Dana Griffin)1619157459.0
#Urgent About 40 minutes ago, San Diego CA has has a mass shooting with 1 dead and multiple others shot. https://t.co/sWuGfKwEY1— Vincent Kinard (@Vincent Kinard)1619161609.0
The only Republican elected statewide in Nevada has released a 13-page report debunking election fraud conspiracy theories pushed by members of her own party.
"Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske said Wednesday that her office reviewed election fraud allegations that state Republican Party leaders delivered to her office in March and found that some allegations were already under investigation, while the vast majority were baseless or inaccurately interpreted," the AP reports. "The report said that 10 out of 1,506 allegations of ballots being cast in the names of the deceased and 10 out of 1,778 allegations of double-voting remain under investigation."
"The findings are in response to reports that Nevada Republicans — led by state party chair Michael McDonald — submitted to Cegavske after she repeatedly said that no evidence of widespread voter fraud had been found in the 2020 election. Republicans said the boxes contained more than 120,000 specific allegations, but an inventory by the Secretary of State found 3,963 Election Integrity Violation reports — less than claimed, but significantly more than in past election years," the AP reported.
Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump by 33,596 votes during the 2020 election.
"Republicans challenged the results in months that followed, filing lawsuits alleging outdated voter rolls, flawed signature verification procedures and irregularities stemming from the Democrat-controlled Legislature's decision to send all active voters mail ballots ahead of the election," the AP reported. "None of the efforts have yielded evidence of widespread, systemic voter fraud. Republican leaders have appeared at 'Stop the Steal' rallies and openly questioned Biden's victory. McDonald and other county-level Republican Party leaders held a mock elector ceremony outside of the Legislature in December."
The Nevada Republican Party Central Committee censured Cegavske for not going along with Trump's "Big Lie" about widespread election fraud.
Rapper Cardi B snapped back at a Republican congressman on Thursday after he decried her more than month-old performance at the 2021 Grammy Awards during a speech from the House floor, saying it was "inconsistent with basic decency" and should have been censored by the FCC.
The speech from Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Republican from Wisconsin, was a return to the raging culture wars surrounding Cardi B and Megan thee Stallion's "Wap" — which stands for "wet a** pussy" — a song that conservative pundits and legislators alike pounced on as a sign of what they see as, in Grothman's words, the "moral decline of America."
But Cardi B, a Grammy Award-winning artist, was quick to strike back on Twitter, telling the congressman that there were bigger things that he should be worried about — namely, a spate of high-profile police killings and the subsequent nationwide protests over police violence.
"I think we all been on the edge this week since we seen police brutality back to back including watching one of the biggest case in history go down DUE to police brutality," the "WAP" singer wrote. "But wait ! This is wat state representative decide to talk about."
It was the latest media misstep from Grothman, who has made a career out of strange statements going back all the way to his days in the Wisconsin state Senate.
In a 2010 speech, Grothman, who was at the time embroiled in a contentious Republican primary, said a "war on men" was destroying America, and that "gals" have an unfair advantage at work in the form of undeserved promotions. Though, "in the long run, a lot of women like to stay at home and have their husbands be the primary breadwinner." In 2014, he led a campaign against the weekend, saying that taking days off from work was "goofy" and "a little ridiculous," while promoting the idea that "all sorts of people want to work seven days a week."
He's also a staunch supporter of voter ID laws and other restrictive voting measures, like the slate of reforms recently passed in Georgia, and let slip in 2016 that he believes these measures will help the GOP win elections in the long term. More recently, Grothman made a bizarre local television appearance on St. Patrick's Day to talk about the Marxist and "anti-family" roots of the Black Lives Matter Movement — all while wearing a discount-store sparkly green top hat.
Rather than focusing on pop culture, Cardi B also suggested in a later tweet that the Wisconsin congressman should be paying attention to his own state, and using his platform to demand justice for Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot and paralyzed by a white officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The "Bodak Yellow" rapper also called on U.S. voters to stop "giving seats to F***** IDIOTS" and blamed Republicans for the lack of justice for the victims of police brutality.
"This is why people gotta vote, elect better people cause you got these dum a**es representing states."
This gets me so mad ya don’t even know! I think we all been on the edge this week since we seen police brutality ba… https://t.co/C7oW4ujRqY— iamcardib (@iamcardib)1619106787.0
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