A Ferrari is surely a wonderful sports car, but let's be honest: Most of us couldn't afford the day-to-day maintenance, let alone the sticker price, and these beautiful creatures are hard to drive on America's pothole-plagued streets, and a massive pain in the butt to repair when they break down. So you can imagine the raised eyebrows earlier this year when a top U.S. Air Force general compared the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet — decades and hundreds of billions of dollars into a lifetime that will cost taxpayers $1.7 trillion — to that Italian dream machine. "I want to moderate how mu...
According to a report from CNN, serious security upgrades were required at the White House before Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election, but he left them for his successor Joe Biden when he assumed the Oval Office because the former president and his wife Melania didn't want to deal with the mess and inconvenience of construction.
Facing security threats against the White House -- and prior to the invasion of the Capitol building on Jan 6th by far-right insurrectionists -- the Secret Service recommended improvements on the grounds that included "substantial upgrades to its future security apparatus, updates that would include digging deeply and extensively, from the upper main driveway to the lower, across acres of pristine green grass."
With the Secret Service working in tandem with the National Park Service to put together a plan for the multimillion-dollar overhaul, it was left to Trump to give the go-ahead with the assurance it would be done in phases to avoid a massive upheaval on the grounds.
According to CNN, Trump took a pass.
'The Trumps weren't so inclined," CNN is reporting. "They didn't want the noise and, Melania Trump in particular, wanted to avoid disrupting the aesthetics on the back lawn, where there could perhaps be events. The first couple decided to "pass it to the next guy," said one of the people familiar. That next guy ended up being President Joe Biden."
According to a member of President Joe Biden's Secret Service detail, the delay by Trump has created problems providing security for the man who defeated him. In a word, he called it a "headache."
"For more than a month now, Biden has had to meet his helicopter, Marine One, on the Ellipse, the park below the South Lawn perimeter of the White House and just north of Constitution Avenue. Marine One has had to land and take off from this not-usual spot because of the construction, and Biden has had to motorcade approximately two minutes from the White House to the Ellipse to depart and arrive, where before he could ostensibly walk out his back door a few hundred yards and board his private transport," the report states before adding, "Trump may have been smart to pass off the project to "the next guy," considering the weeks of disruption and noise that have already occurred, and will likely continue for at least two to three more, according to a person familiar with where the work stands."
"A White House spokesperson says neither the President nor his senior staff have been frustrated by the changes to the typical routing," CNN also reported.
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Oregon man assaults dispensary shop employee over mask rule to make a ‘political statement’: Witness
An Oregon man was cited for assaulting an employee at a cannabis dispensary, and a witness who recorded video of the attack believes it was pre-planned as a "political statement."
Marshall Blansett, of Eugene, went into La Mota Dispensary on Sunday evening without a mask, which is required under a state mandate, and got into an argument with an employee who asked him to put one on, reported KEZI-TV.
"They weren't just victimized by a random drunk guy or a guy looking to fight, they were literally targeted for a political statement," said witness Stephanie Babb, who recorded video of the incident. "He practiced this, this had been used, he knew exactly the timing to go in and exactly what to say."
Babb was shopping for CBD about 9:30 p.m. when Blansett came into the dispensary, and she said he came when no manager was on duty and didn't seem like he intended to shop.
"A customer had called after Blansett refused to wear a face covering after being repeatedly asked to do so repeatedly by staff," police said. "He also refused to leave the business when told to leave."
Blansett remained in the dispensary for about a half hour before walking toward the lobby area, where the employee attempted to shove him outside and then shut the door.
Instead, Blansett turned around and shoved the employee and punched him, and then shoved another employee before leaving.
"We're all caught up in this huge scenario that none of us wanted to be in," Babb said. "We just wanted it to go away so we could go home. That's what I don't think people who are commenting understand, we were just hoping this guy was being a jerk and he would get over it and move on, he didn't."
Blansett spotted Babb recording video, took her phone and tossed it into a nearby business, and she called police after retrieving it.
Police identified him a short time later and issued Blansett a criminal citation for assault, harassment and second-degree criminal trespassing.
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Grand jury indicts George Floyd murderer Derek Chauvin and 3 cops for violating his constitutional rights
A federal grand jury has indicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murdering George Floyd, on civil rights charges for violating his constitutional rights. The three other officers involved were also indicted.
The indictment says that Chauvin "willfully deprived George Floyd of the right, secured and protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States, to be free from an unreasonable force by a police officer," MSNBC's Pete Williams reported.
A separate indictment related to Chauvin's treatment of a then-14-year old boy in 2017, says he "without legal justification, held the teenager by the throat and struck the teenager multiple times in the head with a flashlight," MSNBC adds, citing to a statement by federal prosecutors. Chauvin "held his knee on the neck and the upper back of the teenager even after the teenager was lying prone, handcuffed, and unresisting, also resulting in bodily injury."
Williams says the charges shows a "dedication by this Justice Dept. to be more aggressive in civil rights cases."
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