- After online warnings, armed civilians bring threat of violence to protests in Kenosha and elsewhere The Washington Post
- Facebook removes Kenosha militia page following deadly shooting CNBC
- Facebook investigating online activity around Kenosha shootings CNN
- Teenage suspect in Kenosha shooting was in front row of Trump rally The Independent
- Teen Kyle Rittenhouse Accused Of Murdering Kenosha Protesters HuffPost
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[Editor’s note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Politics.]
By Susan Crabtree
Real Clear Politics
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s GOP convention speech Tuesday night was short and steeped more in symbolism than soaring rhetoric.
The fact that the nation’s top diplomat was giving the speech at all was a norm-defying statement in and of itself. The party and team Trump not only ignored Democratic charges that having Pompeo deliver the remarks raised serious ethical red flags, they positioned it as an immediate prelude to their second-night closer, first lady Melania Trump.
It was the first time a secretary of state had addressed a national party convention in 48 years. And Pompeo delivered his pre-taped remarks from Israel no less, at sunset, against a backdrop of the holy city’s iconic rooftops.
In 1972, then-Secretary of State William Rogers delivered a tribute to the late President Eisenhower, who had passed away three years before, at the Republican National Convention. But Rogers gave the speech from a traditional stage about a late president, while Pompeo used his position as America’s emissary to the world to make a full-throated case for a giving President Trump a second term.
As soon as his speaking slot was announced late last week, Democrats were apoplectic, accusing Pompeo of unprecedented politicization of his office and the U.S.-Israel alliance – which, they argued, violated the Hatch Act, a law barring all members of the executive branch, except the president and the vice president, from engaging in some forms of partisan political activities when they are on duty, in uniform or on federal property.
A State Department spokesperson responded by noting that Pompeo would be speaking during personal downtime, and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, more obliquely defending the decision, said the party would pay for all convention-associated events.
Before Pompeo had uttered a word, House Democrats were teeing up an investigation into his speech, along with Trump’s use of the White House for several convention speeches and a naturalization ceremony held there just an hour before Pompeo’s remarks.
The Tuesday speech and its disregard for political norms was no accident. The decision to deliver it despite the Democratic backlash fit perfectly with the most confrontational part of the GOP’s second-day convention messaging — that the Trump administration and its supporters don’t back down from mobs, including those in the left-wing media as well as the politically motivated investigative variety.
Earlier during night two, Nicholas Sandmann spoke at the virtual convention, reminding voters that he refused to be “canceled” by a media maelstrom and exhorting others like him not to bow to the woke will. Sandmann is the then-Covington High School teen who was targeted by the media after a misleading viral video depicted him in a Trump MAGA hat staring at a Native American protester banging a drum close to his face. He recently settled defamation lawsuits with the Washington Post and CNN.
For Pompeo, it was his choice of location for the speech that demonstrated his own defiance of critics in Congress and the media. The 56-year-old Kansan used an undisclosed location in Jerusalem overlooking the old city to make his case for four more years of President Trump’s America-first foreign policy.
The former CIA director was using the full weight of his position to showcase the close ties to Israel he and Trump have fostered after the 2015 Obama-Biden Iran nuclear deal stretched the relationship to a near breaking point. Trump, with Pompeo in the lead, renounced the deal as a sop to Iran’s mullahs and scrapped it two years ago. Trump also followed through on a longtime empty promise by all three of his immediate predecessors to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
“The president moved the U.S. Embassy to this very city of God, Jerusalem, the rightful capital of the Jewish homeland,” he said. “Just two weeks ago, the president brokered a historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
“This is a deal that our grandchildren will read about in their history books,” he added.
Flatly rejecting the Democratic narrative that Trump has embarrassed the U.S. on the world stage, Pompeo made the case that the president’s success in drawing down troops in Afghanistan, America’s longest war, and successfully avoiding other bloody quagmires, is proof that his peace-through-strength foreign policy is working and should not be derailed.
“The primary constitutional function of the national government is ensuring that your family and mine are safe and enjoy the freedom to live, to work, to learn and to worship as they choose,” he said in his remarks. “Delivering on that duty to keep us safe and our freedoms intact, this president has led bold initiatives in nearly every corner of the world.”
When it comes to China, Trump has “pulled back the curtain” on the Chinese Communist Party’s “predatory” infiltration into American universities and most elite research institutions, Pompeo argued. The president has held Beijing accountable for covering up the “China virus and allowing it to spread death and economic destruction in America and around the world.”
He also credited Trump with ending the “ridiculously unfair trade arrangement with China that punched a hole in our economy.”
Because of Trump, “NATO is stronger, Ukraine has defensive weapon systems and America left a harmful treaty so our nation can now build missiles to deter Russian aggression,” Pompeo said.
In the Middle East, the president’s decision to launch a strike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani was the right thing to do, he said. Soleimani was threatening U.S. soldiers based in Iraq and was responsible for the “murder and maiming” of hundreds of them during the Iraq War, along with thousands of Christians in the region.
When Trump took office, he recalled how ISIS’s footprint was the size of Great Britain, and now the caliphate is wiped out. “Its evil leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is dead, and our brave soldiers, they’re on their way home,” he said.
The speech ignored recent revelations that Russia paid bounties to Taliban insurgents to attack U.S. and coalition troops, which raised questions as to whether the Trump administration knew about it and failed to rebuke Russia.
It also said nothing of Trump’s decision last year to withdraw American troops from northern Syria, a sudden and unexpected move that effectively ceded the area to the Syria government and Russia and abandoned the Kurds, a key U.S. ally in the fight against ISIS. Kurdish leaders had been petitioning the U.S. for more military support, not less.
The move also left Syria’s minority Christians, their numbers already decimated by ISIS genocide, to fend largely for themselves against both Turkey-backed and Iranian militias.
Pompeo, himself a committed Christian, has repeatedly expressed deep concern about maintaining religious pluralism in the Middle East. With his help and that of Vice President Mike Pence, the administration has fought entrenched U.S. and U.N. government bureaucracies to try to assist these religious minority communities in rebuilding. There has been progress, though more remains to be done.
Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, on Tuesday told MSNBC that Pompeo’s record of being an “overtly religious” member of Trump’s Cabinet was “problematic” because “he’s supposed to represent all America, all of our religions, all of our threats.”
The remark showed just how different the Obama and Trump administrations are when it comes to practicing one’s personal faith amid a broader commitment to religious freedom for all. Last fall, Pompeo gave a speech praising America for its “proud history of religious freedom” and extoling “the success of nations when individuals are given their basic human dignity to practice their conscience, their faith, or to choose no faith if they so choose, all around the world.”
In his final words Tuesday night, Pompeo quoted the American pastor who was imprisoned in Turkey for two years before Trump negotiated his release.
“Pastor Andrew Brunson said upon his release that he survived his ordeal with the words of Scripture: ‘Be faithful, endure, and finish well.’”
“If we stay the course, we will,” he concluded in an obvious message to all Trump supporters, including himself.
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Source: WND Politics, Pompeo speech ‘fit perfectly’ with Trump promise not to ‘back down from mobs’
- Kurtenbach: The NBA player strike is a seminal sports moment Pacifica Tribune
- For Black athletes, social unrest is not a game, and this historic action is an urgent plea The Washington Post
- Watch: TNT’s Kenny Smith Walks Off Set in Solidarity With NBA Players WEEI
- The reality of Black pain is breaking American sports’ status quo ESPN
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Source: Google News, Kurtenbach: The NBA player strike is a seminal sports moment – Pacifica Tribune
The major remaining police misconduct bill in California has been amended to reflect input from the governor’s office, signaling that late negotiations could still push the bill across the finish line.
California is currently one of just a few states without a law for decertifying police officers. The bill seeks to change that, creating a process to strip police powers from officers who have committed a variety of offenses. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra urged the Legislature this year to create a decertification process.
The bill was amended on Thursday to create a new accountability arm within the state commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, which would investigate misconduct and choose whether to revoke certificates. A prior version would have given that responsibility to the civil rights enforcement division at the California Department of Justice.
Impact: The fact that the bill is still taking amendments suggests it is very much alive despite never being heard in committee with less than two weeks left in the legislative session. It indicates that parties are negotiating a final product that could win necessary votes and secure Newsom’s signature.
“It does incorporate many of the conversations we’ve had and some of the feedback [the administration] has given us,” ACLU lobbyist Dennis Cuevas-Romero said.
Staff for Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), the bill’s author, confirmed that the amendments came after discussions with the Newsom administration. A Newsom spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.
Context: Lawmakers responded to George Floyd’s death and an ensuing wave of activism by introducing a multitude of police reform bills. Some of those measures have already died — notably a bill that would have required police officers to intervene when a colleague uses excessive force, which stalled in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday.
But SB 731 represents one of the most consequential proposals still out there. The Assembly Rules Committee took the bill back ahead of a planned first vote by the Assembly Public Safety Committee, indicating that negotiations were continuing.
What’s next: Less than two weeks remain in the legislative session. Some procedural maneuvering could get SB 731 needed votes, but time is running out.
- Kenny Smith walks off TNT ‘Inside the NBA’ set in solidarity with player protest ESPN
- WNBA players join Jacob Blake strikes, wear shirts with bullet holes in back The Week Magazine
- NBA Postpones Playoff Games In Protest Of Jacob Blake Shooting | Deadline | MSNBC MSNBC
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Two Russian travelers attempted to smuggle eight Pomeranian puppies with falsified records through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) this month.
Source: Fox News, Russian citizens caught trying to smuggle Pomeranian puppies into United States
An 18-year-old man accused of setting a fire outside a Portland Police Bureau precinct during a chaotic protest was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation and community service.
Source: Fox News, Portland protester convicted of arson in police precinct fire gets probation, community service
Asked how a Biden Administration would address the issue of police brutality, Senior Advisor to Joe Biden Symone Sanders says, “Vice President Biden believes that qualified immunity needs to be significantly reined in. He believes that abuses of power
- Abbott’s $5 Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test Gets Emergency-Use Status From FDA The Wall Street Journal
- Abbott Cleared for Fast $5 Covid Test That Avoids Lab Delay Bloomberg
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- U.S. Approves Abbott Labs $5 Rapid Covid-19 Test For ‘Mass Scale’ Use Forbes
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- Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said Jacob Blake had knife in car but would not clarify if responding officers knew about it Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- Illinois teen arrested in fatal shooting at Kenosha protest, police say CNN
- Donna Brazile: After Jacob Blake and Kenosha, what good is The Talk? Do words even matter? USA TODAY
- White House authorizes up to 2,000 National Guard members from other states to help in Kenosha Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- Shots ring out at 3rd night of protests in Wisconsin over Jacob Blake shooting Global News
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Conciliatory messages at the Republican convention were an acknowledgment by the president’s campaign that appealing to his right-wing base will not be enough to win re-election.
Source: Failing New York Times, How Trump’s Convention Has Become a Crucial Play for the Suburbs
[Editor’s note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Politics.]
By Philip Wegmann & Susan Crabtree
Real Clear Politics
ABOARD AIR FORCE TWO — The facial lines are obvious up close, shallow creases and deeper ridges visible through thick television makeup — wrinkles cut into the visage of a vice president who finds himself campaigning not just against a political challenger, but against an unprecedented pandemic. Neither fight has gone exactly to plan.
Mike Pence still smiles through an interview with RealClearPolitics in his 757 cabin, doing his best not to go off script in possibly the least-scripted era of American politics.
He had flown to North Carolina earlier in the day to speak at the kickoff of the Republican National Convention, and is now returning to Washington. “This is the moment for each of us to do everything that we can in our power to reelect this president, this team,” he told 336 socially distanced delegates in the ballroom of the Charlotte Convention Center. “I’m going to work my heart out to be your vice president for four more years,” he promised after they officially renominated him. “We’re going to make America great again, again.”
The again-again argument isn’t new. It is the pandemic version of President Trump’s original 2020 slogan, “Keep America Great.” His administration built a humming economy, the campaign argues, and once the coronavirus is cured, or at least contained, they can build it back. Not everyone is convinced.
Trump trails former Vice President Joe Biden in the RealClearPolitics polling average by 7.6 percentage points. And possibly worse for Republicans, Democrats are trying to lure away evangelical and religious voters loyal to the president with an argument about “restoring the soul of the nation.”
As point man for evangelical outreach, the vice president offered perhaps his strongest rebuttal to that overture just days after Democrats highlighted the Catholic faith of their presidential candidate at their convention: Voters will not be swayed by Biden’s prime-time testimony, Pence insisted, when they see the policy that he is advancing.
“Joe Biden actually said he would reimpose the Obamacare mandates on the Little Sisters of the Poor,” Pence said, referencing the Roman Catholic religious order that successfully challenged the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers provide health insurance coverage for contraception. “Think of a group of nuns who have taken a vow of poverty to help the poor,” he added, “and they were targeted by the Obama administration for simply trying to live out their faith.”
How can the country look to the opposition nominee for moral leadership, Pence continued, when the former vice president has shifted in his own convictions as the election draws closer? He pointed to how Biden recanted decades of support for the Hyde Amendment, a provision that bans federal funding for abortion and that the Democrat had long defended while citing his Catholic faith.
“Biden reversed his position, and now he not only supports taxpayer funded abortion — both at home and abroad — he is calling for increases in funding of Planned Parenthood of America,” Pence argued.
All of that should make Biden untenable to religious voters, the vice president concluded, because “if you believe in faith and family and life and liberty, there’s only one choice in this election and that’s four more years of President Trump.”
It was a heaping serving of social conservatism, the sort of thing that endears Pence to evangelicals and motivated more than 80% of that bloc to vote Republican in 2016. It also comes during an ongoing identity crisis inside the Grand Old Party. Before the convention delegates officially nominated their presidential ticket Monday, two dozen retired Republican lawmakers, led by former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, announced that they are supporting Biden.
And after a dizzying four-plus years, some openly wonder what it means to be a Republican anymore.
Is it adherence to a policy platform? The RNC didn’t draft a new one, opting instead to retain the existing document without revision or debate.
Is it supporting the vision of the White House? The president recently announced his “core priorities” for a second term, a scattershot list of 50 bullet points that targets everything from “extremist groups like ANTIFA” to “the globalist swamp.”
Is it loyalty to Trump? The president, after all, values this above all else.
The Pence answer was a list of policies and priorities that ranged from “a strong national defense” and “an America first foreign policy” to deregulation and free trade agreements that are “fair and reciprocal.” None of it short enough for a bumper sticker. All of it amounting to a quick summary of the many political and cultural fights the president has waged.
A journeyman of both fiscal and social conservatism, Pence said that being a Republican in 2020 “means standing up for the values and the ideals that have always made this country great — life and liberty. Standing up, apologetically, for the right to life, standing for freedom of speech, freedom of religion — all of which are under siege in the cancel culture in which we live today.”
Trump has waged a culture war since entering politics. Just this week, he lobbed salvos at Goodyear over the tire company’s banning of “MAGA attire” in the workplace. But it has since become official campaign strategy in the wake of nationwide protests over police brutality and racial injustice, which have grown violent in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Portland, Ore., among other cities. Those encouraging this destructive behavior, Trump argued at Mount Rushmore in July, were trying “to overthrow the American Revolution.”
Pence embraced the theme. He argued in the ballroom at the RNC and later in his Air Force Two cabin that while Biden says “democracy is on the ballot,” the reality is that “law and order is on the ballot, and to my knowledge no speaker at the Democratic National Convention spoke about the mayhem that’s claiming lives and literally setting fires in the streets of the major cities of this country.”
Trump has tried to make this his calling card, and the message is in line with voter sentiment. A new study by Pew Research found 59% of respondents said violent crime is “very important” to their vote. But while the president has signed executive orders incentivizing law enforcement reforms, the vice president focused on violent demonstrations, and sidestepped questions about police brutality.
Pence will speak in Wisconsin on Saturday in Franklin, a 45-minute drive from Kenosha where a black man was shot in the back multiple times at close range by local police. When asked if he had seen video of that shooting or of similar occurrences, Pence said that “it shocks the conscience.” But the vice president also used that phrase in discussing criminal violence.
“It shocks the conscience to see people being beaten in the street, to see a man gunned down in a major city walking with a little girl at his side — to see that man lose his life,” he said, an apparent reference to Anthony Robinson, who was killed in New York City on July 5. “Make no mistake about it, we’re seeing a rise in violent crime in cities that are yielding to the agenda of radical left — of cutting funding or defunding or dismantling law enforcement.”
Republicans argue that the violence will only get worse if a Democrat is elected president. But the crime wave is happening now. Isn’t that unusual argument for an incumbent to make? “When protesters were laying siege to monuments in our nation’s capital,” Pence argued, “Joe Biden sent out a press release. President Donald Trump sent in the National Guard.” And in terms of curbing the violence, he said that the administration “will continue to call on Democratic mayors and governors to do their job.”
It was an on-message response, and one that Pence will soon test against vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris. Asked about his debate strategy, he said only that the focus of the campaign would be on making sure “the American people understand that Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have been overtaken by the radical left.”
“The selection of the most liberal member of the United States Senate as his running mate,” he argued, “just confirms what President Trump and I have been saying all along — that, while some in the media want to paint Biden as a pragmatic moderate, he’s anything but.”
All of this is taking place with the pandemic as an immense backdrop. It has been Pence’s job to lead the White House Coronavirus Task Force, a duty that Trump says has cost the vice president plenty of sleep.
The White House recently heralded the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of emergency use convalescent plasma, a treatment that FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said resulted in a 35% improvement in survival rate for COVID-19 patients. Pence promised again that a vaccine is on the horizon, and pledged that while “we’ll do our part for the health of the wider world,” the first doses will be “for the American people.”
But the virus knows no schedule and certainly is immune to politics. What happens if Trump and Pence falter at the ballot box while the pandemic continues its assault? Are they preparing a transition plan to efficiently hand off duties of the task force so the next administration can continue that work? Pence wouldn’t entertain the idea of losing.
“I believe we’re going to be reelected for four more years,” he said.
“I honestly think we’ll have a vaccine for the coronavirus,” he added. “I believe with all my heart that’s going to happen this year.”
The election, meanwhile, is in 70 days, and the vice president continues to do double duty fighting on two intertwined fronts, one political and the other biological.
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Source: WND Politics, Pence: A 2020 Republican stands up for ‘values and ideals that made this country great’
The Wisconsin officer who shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back has been identified as Officer Rusten Sheskey—a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department.
The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) issued this statement:
Kenosha Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2800 block of 40th Street after a female caller reported that her boyfriend was present and was not supposed to be on the premises.
During the incident, officers attempted to arrest Jacob S. Blake, age 29. Law enforcement deployed a taser to attempt to stop Mr. Blake, however the taser was not successful in stopping Mr. Blake. Mr. Blake walked around his vehicle, opened the driver’s side door, and leaned forward. While holding onto Mr. Blake’s shirt, Officer Rusten Sheskey fired his service weapon 7 times. Officer Sheskey fired the weapon into Mr. Blake’s back. No other officer fired their weapon. Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras, therefore the officers were not wearing body cameras.
The shooting officer, Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, has been a law enforcement officer with Kenosha Police Department for seven years.
During the investigation following the initial incident, Mr. Blake admitted that he had a knife in his possession. DCI agents recovered a knife from the driver’s side floorboard of Mr. Blake’s vehicle. A search of the vehicle located no additional weapons.
Law enforcement immediately provided medical aid to Mr. Blake. Flight for Life transported Mr. Blake to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Mr. Blake remains at the hospital.
DCI is leading this investigation and is assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Wisconsin State Patrol and Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office. All involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation. The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave.
DCI is continuing to review evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to a prosecutor following a complete and thorough investigation.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul today released the following statement regarding the shooting that occurred in Kenosha on the evening of August 25, 2020:
“The violence and destruction that took place in Kenosha last night was despicable. While the two people who were killed and the person who was injured by gunfire have not yet been identified, we are thinking of their destroyed futures and their friends and families that must live with this overwhelming grief.
Kenosha residents deserve the opportunity to grieve, come together, peacefully protest, call for change, and heal. The heavily armed vigilantes, arsonists, and other opportunists who have come to Kenosha to attempt to spur chaos have interfered with that and caused drastic harm to people. If those engaging in violence and destruction of property believe they are furthering some broader goal, they are wrong. They should leave Kenosha.
Times like this call for our leaders to unify people. We must come together, in good faith, to work toward positive change. Sowing division can be deadly, and we must condemn those—especially those at the highest level of government—who seek to do so.
While those who seek to divide people may have the biggest megaphones and attract the most attention, they do not speak for the vast majority of us who seek greater unity, common ground, and justice.”
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Source: Breaking 911, Officials Identify Kenosha Officer Who Shot Jacob Blake, Say He Had Knife
- Vladimir Putin will never help catch the poisoner — because it’s him New York Post
- Boris Johnson backs investigation into suspected poisoning of Putin critic Alexei Navalny The Independent
- ‘Putin’s chef’ promises to ruin comatose Navalny with $1.2m bill Al Jazeera English
- Alexei Navalny can’t just become another name on the roll call of Putin’s victims The Washington Post
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Source: Google News, Vladimir Putin will never help catch the poisoner — because it’s him – New York Post
President Trump is a “master of chaos” who doesn’t have any interest in justice or peace in places like Kenosha, Wis., former South Bend, Indiana mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg told “Special Report” Wednesday.
Source: Fox News, Buttigieg blasts Trump as ‘master of chaos’ with no ‘interest in justice or peace’
Violence and riots erupted Sunday night in Kenosha, Wisconsin in response to an officer-involved shooting after Kenosha police responded to a domestic incident at a home.
For the last 4 days the Democrat-media complex has condemned Kenosha police for “shooting an unarmed black man in front of his children.”
The suspect, Jacob Blake, is seen on video brawling with cops, ignoring officers and attempting to reach for something in his vehicle before being shot in the back multiple times.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul this week refused to tell reporters if Jacob Blake was reaching for a weapon prior to being shot by a police officer.
It turns out there was a knife in Blake’s vehicle on the driver side floorboard!
Jacob Blake may have reached for something after he opened the car door (or he was holding the knife?):
This is the shooting video of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI. pic.twitter.com/yerWbsSxQU
— Austin Frisch (@Austin_Zone) August 24, 2020
The Democrats in Wisconsin, including Governor Tony Evers wanted riots so they didn’t disclose that Jacob Blake was indeed in possession of a knife until after 3 nights of violence and bloodshed which ended in 2 deaths and many others wounded.
On Wednesday, the Wisconsin DOJ confirmed that the Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake is Rusten Sheskey and says Blake “admitted that he had a knife in his possession.”
“During the investigation following the initial incident, Mr. Blake admitted he had a knife in his possession. DCI agents recovered a knife from the driver’s side floorboard of Mr. Blake’s vehicle. A search of the vehicle located no additional weapons.”
Police also deployed a taser to attempt to stop Blake, but it was unsuccessful and Blake walked around the front of his SUV, opened the driver side door and possibly reached for something. At this point, the officer discharged his weapon.
Full statement by Wisconsin DOJ:
— Mary Spicuzza (@MSpicuzzaMJS) August 26, 2020
It was the fourth time this summer the Trump administration has carried out the death penalty. The case had raised issues of tribal sovereignty.
Source: Failing New York Times, Justice Dept. Executes Lezmond Mitchell, a Native American Man Convicted of Murder
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Gov. Phil Murphy, who has spent his first two years in office pushing progressive policies like higher taxes for millionaires, isn’t putting those priorities aside in the wake of a once-in-a-century pandemic and accompanying economic crisis that’s left New Jersey billions of dollars in the red.
The nine-month, $32 billion revised spending plan Murphy outlined Tuesday morning during an address at Rutgers University’s SHI Stadium in Piscataway is not an austerity budget. Instead, the governor is using the health and fiscal crisis to bolster his justification for progressive ideas — he wants about $1 billion in new or made-permanent taxes and is calling for a new a social program he’s practically daring his fellow Democrats who control the Legislature to oppose — even while proposing $4 billion in borrowing in a state already saddled with debt.
It‘s a stark contrast from the first budget proposal his Republican predecessor, Chris Christie, put forth during the Great Recession that cut social programs and school aid.
“You don’t grow and strengthen the middle class by pulling the rug out from under it. You can’t cut and slash your way to growth and opportunity,” Murphy said during his address to the Legislature.
Despite a request in the spring that all departments trim 15 percent from their budgets — Murphy said they “delivered” $1.2 billion in spending cuts — austerity measures were largely absent from the plan he unveiled Tuesday, which proposes the borrowing to help cover a projected $5.6 billion revenue gap.
The budget does not eschew the priorities Murphy outlined in his initial budget address in February before the coronavirus ravaged New Jersey and led the governor and Legislature to extend the budget year by three months, to Sept. 30.
That led to harsh and immediate criticism from New Jersey Republicans.
Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said Murphy’s proposal “shows none of the fiscal restraint that virtually every family and small business has been forced to exercise due to the coronavirus. He wants to borrow billions, which will compound to billions more in interest and fees, to support a budget that demonstrates not one shred of creative cost-cutting reform.
“Generations of taxpayers will be saddled with this burden,” O’Scanlon said.
But Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray said there doesn’t appear to be a public appetite for fiscal austerity.
“I think as we’re trying to climb out of this pandemic … people want to see some investments made. People don’t want to feel any more pain than they are. And at least on the surface, that’s what this budget looks like,” Murray said. “There’s a populist appeal to this budget. Now whether all the tax hikes can get through the Democrats in the Legislature is another question.”
Murphy proposed no cut to his previously proposed $4.9 billion payment to the state’s pension system and called for dramatic increases in fees for gun purchase permits, which have been nominal and unchanged since the 1960s. The Homestead Tax Rebate and Senior Freeze, cut in the pandemic stopgap budget, would be restored.
While leaving programs for the middle class and poor untouched, Murphy sent a message that the wealthy should sacrifice.
Aside from renewing his push for a tax hike on incomes of more than $1 million, he also proposed rolling back a five-year-old law that cut the state sales tax on the purchase of boats in half and capped the tax at $20,000. Restoring the tax on boats would only bring in $15 million a year, but it would send a symbolic message to those financially comfortable enough to buy a boat for leisure amid a financial and health crisis
“I would urge those who would pay this tax to see it this way — we are asking you to sacrifice pennies on your top dollar to ensure that every New Jerseyan has the same opportunity to succeed that you did,” Murphy said of the millionaires tax proposal. “You have the wherewithal that millions of families don’t at this extraordinary time in our shared history.”
Murphy also put forward a proposal to set aside $1,000 for every baby born in New Jersey in 2021 to a family making less than $131,000, payable with interest on the child’s 18th birthday. The so-called baby bond initiative would cost about $72 million.
The idea borrows from a larger federal proposal put forth by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), giving it the imprimatur of a rare New Jersey politician whose popularity bridges the longstanding regional and ideological divides of the state’s Democratic Party.
Even the governor’s strategy in rolling out the plan — an exclusive story in The New York Times that published early Tuesday morning — showed Murphy was trying to get national attention for an idea that has gained traction among Democrats nationally.
It remains to be seen whether the strategy will work, although his social proposals received the warmest reception from the crowd. Audience members stood and cheered when the governor mentioned Black Lives Matter, the baby bonds proposal and his commitment to “ensuring fairness and justice in taxation.”
Senate President Steve Sweeney — who has long made it clear he would not agree to the millionaires tax — refused to rule it out in comments to reporters on Tuesday. Sweeney was was noncommittal on the baby bonds proposal, saying he needed more details. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said in a statement that he would keep an “open mind” to the proposals.
Not every tax hike Murphy proposed directly targets the wealthy. A proposed major increase in the cigarette tax would hit smokers of all incomes, and fees for gun purchase permits and identification cards — $50 and $100, respectively — would rise dramatically.
Murphy’s budget proposal did get some pushback from the left. Advocates for undocumented immigrants slammed it for not including their proposal to include payments to undocumented workers who are unable to collect unemployment.
“Today Governor Murphy sends a message to the half million undocumented immigrant workers and our families that we are expendable,” Felix Gallardo, a member of the group Make the Road NJ, said in a statement.
Carly Sitrin contributed to this report.
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