Washington — A photo of fire department recruits possibly using a racist hand gesture is being investigated by District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services. CBS Washington, D.C. affiliate WUSA-TV reports that the agency said it was made aware of the photo Wednesday.
The photo surfaced on Facebook and is spreading on social media platforms, WUSA says.
It shows some recruits in a group picture flashing a possible “white power” hand gesture, but the gesture is similar to the “OK” hand sign.
On the eve of the House Democrats’ vote to transfer their articles of impeachment against President Trump, Democrats heading up the impeachment effort released new documents of evidence they say requires further investigations. Among the materials are a series of WhatsApp messages between Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and Republican congressional candidate Robert Hyde — whose name has not previously come up in the impeachment inquiry — in which he discusses supposedly surveilling U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
Amid Democrats’ demands for an investigation into Hyde’s “disturbing” and “outrageous” messages to Parnas, the landscaper-turned-congressional candidate has responded to the “definitely laughable” allegations that he was “surveilling” a U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff was an answer on Wednesday night’s “Jeopardy,” and no one knew who he was.
In spite of the fact that Schiff has been at the helm of public impeachment proceedings for weeks — quickly stretching into months — none of the contestants on the popular game show were able to name him.
It looks like today’s the day. House Democrats may finally stand behind the rushed, unfair, and nakedly partisan impeachment that they themselves delayed for four weeks. The ‘prosecutors’ have finally overcome their cold feet.
As it turns out, Ken Starr wasn’t close to being the only person to see a tremendous contradiction in the Dem spin on the articles of impeachment. Rep. Jerrold Nadler said there’s “overwhelming evidence,” and with that in mind, Mitch McConnell sees some inconsistencies from the Democrats.
But the Democrats are still trying to control the process, and McConnell doesn’t seem open to the idea:
Before Robyn Polak attended President Donald Trump’s Jan. 14 rally in Milwaukee, she expressed her support for him on Facebook by posting a “MAGA 2020” comment on a news story about the visit.
She said that comment, and possibly a few others like it, got her fired from her job.
Polak, a South Milwaukee resident who was the only dental assistant at Precision Dental Milwaukee, 6203 S. Howell Ave., said someone found out where she worked, went on her employer’s Facebook page and posted a negative review. The person did not recommend the dental office saying “employees spouting [sic] racist comments on Facebook.”
Polak said she didn’t have any interactions with the person who posted the review but was told they had “trolled others before.”
Polak denied she was a racist, saying she has African American siblings and is partially Native American.
“I’m not racist,” she said. “But I am just kind of speechless about all this.”
The judge does not have to allow him to withdraw, it depends on whether he believes there is “good reason.” If he believes that the prosecution changed the agreement, that could constitute good reason. But it’s not a given.
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn filed a court motion Tuesday seeking to withdraw his guilty plea in a case that originated with the special counsel’s investigation.
Flynn’s legal team accused prosecutors of acting in “bad faith” and out of “vindictiveness” when they recommended in a court filing on Jan. 7 that Flynn receive up to six months in prison in his case.
Flynn pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017 to making false statements during a Jan. 24, 2017 meeting with FBI agents regarding his interactions with Sergey Kislyak, who served at the time as Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.
President Trump signed a landmark trade agreement with China, heralding a period of detente in a trade war between the world’s two largest economies fueled by decades of complaints that Beijing was manipulating its currency and stealing trade secrets from American firms.
The pact, detailed in a 94-page document, is only the initial phase of a broader deal that Trump has said may come in as many as three sections.
“Together, we are righting the wrongs of the past,” Trump said in a pomp-filled signing ceremony. “It doesn’t get any bigger than this.”
The agreement will help grow the U.S. economy in 2020 and 2021 by “at least a half a point of additional GDP” and “probably translate into another million jobs on top of what we’ve already done,” Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, told FOX News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday.
LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Spotify has made playlists and a podcast for dogs to listen to in their owners’ absence, after finding that nearly 74% of UK pet-owners play music for their animals.
The Swedish audio-streaming business company said it has launched a podcast featuring soothing music, “dog-directed praise”, stories, and messages of affirmation and reassurance narrated by actors to alleviate stress for dogs who are home alone.
Meanwhile, playlists aimed at pets offer tracks selected by algorithms to match pets’ characteristics such as energetic or slow.
Spotify said it found in a survey that one in four pet-owners play music for their pets to listen to for company when they are away from home, with 42% of owners saying their pets have a favourite type of music.
The funnier thing about this Tweet is the comic avatar for himself Moore uses online. He envisions himself about 300 pounds lighter.
Elizabeth & Bernie have appeared in my films. I love them both. Why Elizabeth chose to stick a knife in Bernie’s back is beyond me. At a time when job #1 is to remove Trump, how did this help? My new RUMBLE podcast “The Sad Downfall of Elizabeth Warren.” https://t.co/uFwOFNka9U
A propaganda video circulating in Iran dramatizes the assassination of President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In the video, distributed by Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency, “the dome of the [U.S.] Capitol explodes, the men fire at the White House and storm it, and men, including U.S. President Donald Trump, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lie dead on the floor,” according to an analysis of the video from the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI.
The video was released following the Trump administration’s killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in an airstrike. Similar propaganda has been circulating across Iran as its hardline regime attempts to foment anti-U.S. fervor across the country.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved a resolution Wednesday to transmit the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate, formally paving the way for a historic trial over the president’s dealings with Ukraine.
The measure, which passed 228-193 largely along party lines, came nearly a month after lawmakers voted to impeach the president.
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., was the only Democrat who voted against the resolution. Rep. Justin Amash, I-Mich., voted with Democrats. There were no Republican defections.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had been holding on to the articles — charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress against Trump — in a bid to extract favorable terms for the trial for nearly a month, but she ended her delay after Senate Majority Mitch McConnell made clear he was not willing to negotiate.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced that the entire government is resigning in a surprise statement released shortly after President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state-of-the-nation address.
Accepting the resignation, Putin thanked the ministers for their hard work and asked them to function as a caretaker government until a new one can be formed.
Medvedev and Putin had met for a work meeting to discuss the state-of-the-nation address earlier on Wednesday, the Kremlin said. Medvedev explained that the cabinet is resigning in accordance with Article 117 of the Russian Constitution, which states that the government can offer its resignation to the president, who can either accept or reject it.
Al Sharpton said on Wednesday he doesn’t think any of the Democratic candidates have the “mindset” to take on President Donald Trump.
Based on the candidates’ performances in Tuesday evening’s Democratic debate, Sharpton told MSNBC’s Morning Joe, “You don’t become champion by just saying, ‘I’ll get by this round.’ You gotta take the title. And I didn’t see anybody on the stage last night or in the ring that really said, ‘I’m taking charge, I can be president, I can take on Donald Trump. Because he is going to come in with that kind of mindset. And I don’t see that mindset yet in any of the candidates.”
The 2020 Democrats have worked to earn the MSNBC anchor’s support because of his influence among African Americans. Sharpton has yet to throw his support behind a particular candidate.