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'The time has come': New York's GOP lawmakers launch bid to impeach Governor Cuomo over sexual-harassment allegations

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© Reuters / Seth Wenig
Republicans in the state Assembly have drafted a resolution to start impeachment proceedings against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the wake of mounting allegations of inappropriate behavior with younger women and the controversy over nursing home deaths from COVID-19.

The resolution will be introduced before the end of the day Monday, a spokesman for Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-Syracuse) said.

At an earlier press conference, Barclay said, "We're going to introduce this resolution because we believe the time has come."

"There's been one bombshell after another," Barclay said. "I don't think I've used the term bombshell, especially this weekend, anytime more in my life."

Eye 1

Ex-Republican Senate candidate Witzke banned from Twitter after calling trans activist 'DEMONIC' for saying 'little girls are also kinky'

Lauren E. Witzke
© Facebook / Lauren E. Witzke
Lauren Witzke, a hardline right-winger who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate in 2020, has been banned from Twitter. Her ban came after she called a trans activist "demonic" for suggesting that "little girls" can be "kinky."

Witzke's account was suspended on Sunday evening, and in a post to Telegram shortly afterwards, the former Senate candidate from Delaware revealed that her account had violated Twitter's rules against "hateful conduct."

Witzke's last tweet before her suspension was only one word long. Retweeting a post by an anti-trans feminist group that contained a quote by self-described "gender non-conforming writer and performance artist" Alok Vaid-Menon, Witzke wrote: "Demonic." The post highlighted that Vaid-Menon seemed to argue that transgender women should be allowed into bathrooms with young girls all because "little girls are also kinky. Your kids aren't as straight and narrow as you think."

"Calling pedophiles demonic now violates twitter's terms of service as 'hateful content,'" Witzke wrote on her Telegram in wake of the ban. "KEEP FIGHTING! It's your job to pick up the torch and fight for what's right!"

Bullseye

Biden voter to CNN: 'They're dropping bombs in Syria right now and those bombs are kinda expensive for a dude who owes me $2,000'

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A young Democrat voter in Minnesota complained to CNN about a lot of promises unkept by Joe Biden and the Democrat party.

"They're putting the stimulus check on the backburner. They're putting the minimum wage hike on the backburner and they're dropping bombs in Syria right now, and those bombs are kinda expensive for a dude that owes me $2,000." the Biden voter said.

Joe Biden's killed tens of thousands of energy jobs his first day in office when he canceled contracts with the Keystone XL pipeline.

Biden also bombed Syria to punish Iran for its attacks on US forces in Iraq.

Biohazard

Covid-19: Two in critical condition and two more deaths within days of Sinovac jab

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One person has died while two others remain in critical condition after suffering serious adverse effects within days of being vaccinated against Covid-19, the Department of Health reported over the weekend. All three patients had received China's Sinovac vaccine.

A 55-year-old woman passed away at Kwong Wah hospital on Saturday morning after suffering an acute stroke and a subsequent heart attack. She had received her jab at the Kwun Chung Sports Centre vaccination centre three days prior. The patient suffered from a history of chronic illness, according to a statement by the Department of Health on Saturday.

It remains unclear whether her passing was a direct result of the jab. Authorities have said an expert committee will investigate whether there was a link.

A third case of a patient passing away within days of receiving the Sinovac vaccine was reported by local media citing sources on Monday. The 71-year-old man was admitted to United Christian Hospital on Sunday night after receiving the jab last Wednesday. He died of a suspected heart attack.

Bizarro Earth

2 protesters killed in Myanmar as workers stage general strike

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© AFP
Protesters react as riot police fire tear gas during a demonstration against the military coup in Naypyidaw on Monday.
Two anti-coup protesters were shot to death by security forces in Myanmar's northern Kachin State on Monday, local media reported, as workers staged a general strike across the country to oppose the military move.

In the second such large-scale strike since the Feb 1 coup, at least nine labour unions from various sectors such as construction, manufacturing and agriculture called for the massive mobilization, shutting many businesses and factories.

On Sunday night, security forces took control of hospitals and universities in the largest city Yangon and elsewhere. State media said they acted at the request of people who want stability restored.

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Brussels police to send out plainclothes patrols to counter street harassment

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© Julien Warnand/EFE via EPA
Brussels police will deploy plainclothes officers across the city from Monday to combat street harassment against women.

Officers will patrol "hotspots" such as public transport stations in the Belgian capital, police spokesman Olivier Slosse told news agency Belga.

"The way women experience public space is one of the central points of our safety plan. Last year, we started training staff on what exactly street harassment is, but also on how to deal with victims of such acts, as well as how to draw up a report," Slosse said. "Now we are going one step further by going out into the field and actively looking for the perpetrators. The idea is to catch harassers in the act."

He added that while street harassment is common, "such incidents are rarely reported, and when they are reported, it is difficult to identify the culprit. Even if the perpetrator is identified, it is the victim's word against hers. Our presence in the field is therefore necessary in order to ascertain these facts."

Headphones

Project Veritas: Merrill Lynch whistleblower leaks phone call about Robinhood and Gamestop trade restriction

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Project Veritas has just gone public on Friday with a leaked phone call given to them by a whistleblower, in which a Merrill Lynch employee admits that the bank was on the "side of the institutional investors". The Robinhood App put restrictions in place on the same day.

At the beginning of the video, one can hear the voice asking:

"Now, tell me the truth. You guys know that this stock is going to go up and you want me to sell my shares to put some liquidity into the market, don't you?"

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Dominoes

Abbott announces Texas will deploy National Guard to combat the 'border crisis' escalating due to Biden administration

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Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas will deploy National Guard troops to combat the "crisis" along the southern border.

"Today Texas launched Operation Lone Star to respond to the border crisis," Abbott tweeted Saturday. "It deploys Nat'l Guard + DPS Officers + air, ground, marine, & tactical border security assets to deny Mexican Cartels & smugglers the ability to move drugs & people into Texas."

Operation Lone Star will "combat the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas," which Abbott said is an issue that has been exacerbated by the Biden administration.

"The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration," said Abbott. "Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans. We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis."

Chart Bar

Stark divide on race, policing emerges since George Floyd's death - Poll

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Protestors shut dow southbound interstate 35 on May 30, 2020 in Austin, Texas, after the death of George Floyd in police custody
Americans' trust in the Black Lives Matter movement has fallen and their faith in local law enforcement has risen since protests demanding social justice swept the nation last year, according to an exclusive USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll.

The debate over the intersection of racism and policing will be in the spotlight again as jury selection opens Monday in the Minneapolis trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, which sparked nationwide marches last year.

The survey finds complicated and shifting views about Chauvin's actions and broader questions of race. On many issues, there is a chasm in the perspective between Black people and white people.

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Red Flag

The Maoist Roots of Social Justice in Higher Education

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I don't think anyone needs a reminder that social justice is a touchy subject in higher education. As someone who spent three years at my alma mater working under the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, I would know. As someone who also was and still is highly involved in Classical Liberal and Conservative intellectual circles, I was in the odd middle ground of people who didn't care much about taking sides. I just wanted people of all backgrounds to get a quality education.

I certainly saw the need for more diversity on campus whether that was ethnic, cultural, financial, or intellectual. I'm sure we can all agree that that kind of diversity is the spice of life. You should be able to go to college and truly open your mind to the world, whether that be partaking in interesting cultural experiences or learning about the biggest ideas, be it Karl Marx, Aristotle, or Friedrich Hayek. I don't care if you want to party all day at a frat or stage a protest for gender-neutral bathrooms, college should be whatever you want to get out of it.

Without getting into the details, my ideal vision of college is a place where all sorts of people can come and flourish, either intellectually, professionally, or socially. Having diverse groups of people feeling like they belong and can contribute is surely part of this vision. If achieving this goal was what racial justice activism on college campuses was all about, I'm sure we would all be united in support of this vision. The problem, of course, is that it's not.

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