By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - Consulting firm McKinsey & Co has agreed to pay $573 million to resolve claims by more than 40 U.S. states related to its role in the opioid epidemic and advice it gave to OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, according to a person familiar with the matter. The settlement is with 43 states, the District of Columbia and three territories, the person said on Wednesday. The attorneys general of Vermont and North Carolina issued separate media advisories saying there would be announcements on the opioid epidemic on Thursday. McKinsey did not respond to a request for comment. V...
Infamous Capitol rioter shows up at Rudy Giuliani event despite being on FBI's most wanted list: report
A Trump supporter wanted by the FBI for battling with police officers on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol attended a political event last weekend for pro-Trump Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Doug Mastriano, taking photos with him in the process, HuffPost reports.
Samuel Lazar posed for photos with Mastriano on May 15 at the event, which was headlined by Rudy Giuliani. Mastriano was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 as well, but claimed he left when things started turning violent. His campaign paid for buses to bring people to the Capitol on Jan. 6.
As HuffPost points out, it's not uncommon for politicians to take photos with people while having no idea who they are. "Yet it illustrates how, even as some conservatives attempt to rewrite the history of Jan. 6 and spread new conspiracy theories about who was really behind the insurrection, the people who actually violently participated in the attack ― and in fact instructed the mob with a bullhorn ― are still deeply ingrained in the Trump coalition," writes HuffPost's Ryan J. Reilly.
Mastriano was one of many GOP politicians who helped push Donald Trump's false claims of mass voter fraud.
Lazar also took photos with Teddy Daniels, a right-wing former police officer running for Congress in Pennsylvania's 8th District; failed GOP House candidate and Senate hopeful Kathy Barnette; and state Rep. Stephanie Borowicz.
Lazar earned the moniker of #FacePaintBlowhard as images and footage of his actions at the Capitol circulated the internet.
#FacepaintBlowhard on the bullhorn at 5:47 Source: https://t.co/qPDR0NsLsW https://t.co/WrevGW4HRT— Phoenix on Wheels (@Phoenix on Wheels)1613451183.0
#SeditionHunters, here #FacepaintBlowhard directs the mob to "Push Forward!" to help breach a police line. Can you… https://t.co/eGD2bz5V12— John Kriby (@John Kriby)1612857788.0
#FacePaintBlowHard spotted vicinity of NW Corner at 4:10pm according to photog. @CapitolHunters @SeditionHunters… https://t.co/Cm8IrHPDjh— FixThisNow2021 (@FixThisNow2021)1612744744.0
Making the FBI's search for him much easier, Lazar's Facebook posts about his activities on Jan. 6 caught the attention of a local newspaper. He was later identified by people who knew him by his moniker. Lazar denied to HuffPost that he was at the May 15 event.
Read the full report over at HuffPost.
'Just overturned the will of the people': Mississippi Supreme Court strikes down medical marijuana law
In November 2020, voters in deeply Republican Mississippi approved Initiative 65 — a ballot measure that would have put a right to medical marijuana in the state's constitution. But Initiative 65 has been struck down by the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Explaining their ruling, the justices wrote, "We grant the petition, reverse the secretary of state's certification Initiative 65, and hold that any subsequent proceedings on it are void."
Ken Newburger, executive director for the Mississippi Medical Marijuana Association, was quick to decry the Mississippi Supreme Court's decision. WLBT, the NBC affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi, quotes Newburger as saying, "The Mississippi Supreme Court just overturned the will of the people of Mississippi. Patients will now continue the suffering that so many Mississippians voted to end."
WLBT reporters Sharie Nicole and Courtney Ann Jackson note that the Mississippi Senate "passed a back-up measure" in case the Mississippi Supreme Court struck down Initiative 65.
Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, in an official statement, said, "The Senate passed backstop legislation which we anticipate revisiting in January." And Mississippi State Sen. Brice Wiggins, a Republican, said, "This is why we did stay up past midnight having the debate. We went back and forth because we, the Senate, were trying to provide a program that clearly the people of Mississippi want."
The office of Republican Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has issued an official statement on the ruling, saying, "Like most Mississippians, Gov. Reeves is interested and intrigued by the Supreme Court's decision on the recent ballot initiative. He and his team are currently digesting the Court's 58-page opinion and will make further comment once that analysis is complete."
Fox News’ Peter Doocy mocks President Biden for wearing a mask at the same Ford plant Trump wouldn’t
Fox News reporter Peter Doocy is openly mocking President Joe Biden for wearing a mask inside Ford's Dearborn, Michigan electric vehicle plant, forcing Fox News to admit they have no idea what the local rules or company's rules are.
Biden happens to be visiting the same plant that almost exactly one year ago had asked President Donald Trump to wear a mask, but later rescinded that request once it was refused – despite state law requiring masks at the time.
"The President is saying a lot by showing us what he's wearing," Doocy told Fox News viewers Tuesday afternoon, noting that Biden has "a face mask covering his nose which conflicts with the CDC guidance."
Doocy is wrong, which he himself acknowledges in his very next sentence.
"You don't have to do that or socially distance indoors or outdoors as long as you are vaccinated."
But you can, and you have to if the company you are visiting has a policy requiring masks, or the city or state still has a rule on masks – which it appears is still in place. Every photo of everyone inside that Ford plant, including reporters, shows them wearing masks.
Peter Doocy is in a fog of confusion over Biden wearing a mask inside an auto plant in Michigan today pic.twitter.com/NkmgPon6Wc
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 18, 2021
Doocy didn't bother to determine if Ford has a mask policy in place, as the network was forced to admit:
Moments after Peter Doocy's report, Fox News anchor John Roberts essentially confirms they didn't check to see if there is a local or business rule on mask-wearing at the Dearborn Ford plant.
"We will have to try and find out." pic.twitter.com/eq3xZu9x6s — Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) May 18, 2021
What made Trump's refusal to wear a mask at that plant last year even worse was it wasn't manufacturing cars, but PPE and ventilators due to the pandemic.
It seems like there's a company policy to continue to wear masks. Tweets from Detroit News' Jordyn Grzelewski:
Bit hard to hear but POTUS just exchanged fist bump after talking to employees from Ford's Van Dyke plant in Sterling Heights, which is a transmission plant also building motors and transaxles for EVs. pic.twitter.com/OWj6SB7eoM
— Jordyn Grzelewski (@JGrzelewski) May 18, 2021
Spotted among the attendees: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, among many others. Per pool report, Bill Ford, Rory Gamble and UAW member Angela Powell will speak ahead of POTUS's remarks. pic.twitter.com/AepBrGEM31
— Jordyn Grzelewski (@JGrzelewski) May 18, 2021
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