New York lawmakers are debating over a proposed Democratic initiative that would pave the way for a multibillion-dollar fund designed to provide unemployment benefits for illegal immigrants. Spearheaded by state Senator Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat, the proposal has ignited passionate discussions within the Senate Finance Committee, where it currently awaits further deliberation.
The Center Square reports the proposal would utilize a $500 million trust fund earmarked specifically to offer jobless benefits for individuals who find themselves ineligible for traditional unemployment payments and other public assistance programs. To finance this ambitious endeavor, proponents of the plan are advocating for the imposition of a novel tax targeting tech behemoths like Google and Amazon. This tax, aimed at digital advertising revenue, is projected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars to sustain the fund.
A New Jersey businessman pleaded guilty Friday to trying to bribe U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez after signing a cooperation deal with prosecutors.
Jose Uribe entered the plea in Manhattan federal court to seven charges, including conspiracy to commit bribery, honest services wire fraud, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. Prosecutors allege that he gave Menendez’s wife a Mercedes-Benz.
According to a plea agreement, Uribe could face up to 95 years in prison, though he can win leniency by cooperating and testifying against the other defendants, which he’s agreed to do.
Russia's strategic nuclear forces are in a state of full readiness, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
Russian strategic nuclear forces are purely defensive by nature, aimed at deterring possible full-scale attacks on the nation that might threaten its existence. Russia vows to never use nuclear arms for any other reasons, apart from specified in its strategic documents often called its "nuclear doctrine."
"Strategic nuclear forces are in a state of full readiness for guaranteed use. Everything we planned in the armament sector, which I spoke about in the 2018 address, is done or this work is being completed," Putin said in an annual address to the Federal Assembly.
On November 17, 2020, the lives of former Wayne County, MI Chair of the Board of Canvassers Monica Palmer and her family were forever changed after she refused to certify the Detroit election that was, once again, out of balance. What unfolded next is unimaginable. The hatred by Democrats for anyone who challenges the legitimacy or dares to scrutinize elections they’ve won is unmatched.
As retribution for her decision to refuse to certify the election results, a newly elected Democrat State lawmaker and a prominent Wayne State University official publicly threatened and doxxed Ms. Palmer and her family. The Left wasn’t finished punishing her for daring to demand free and fair elections in the city of Detroit. After she was doxxed by two prominent Democrats, Ms. Palmer began to receive shocking death threats from a 22-year-old woman living in New Hampshire who threatened Monica and her husband and graphic death threats directed at her teenage daughter (see below).
Turkey's initiatives to find a peaceful solution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine have not succeeded due to lack of support, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the opening of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum.
"The Ukrainian crisis has moved into its third year. The Istanbul [peace] process was kicked off here in Antalya. At that time, hopes for peace reached a new level. But unfortunately, due to lack of necessary support, our efforts went bust. The historic opportunity to achieve peace, prevent destruction and save tens of thousands of lives was essentially missed, or rather sabotaged," he said.
The president said the crises "in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Ukraine have shown that the current international system completely lacks effectiveness."
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court decided that it would hear Trump's appeal — the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled against him on this matter — in April and rule on it by the end of the term, drawing criticism frompundits on the left who have said that this represented a political gift to the former President. Special Counsel Jack Smith's case against Trump for alleged criminal action taken while he tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election cannot proceed until the question of Trump's immunity is decided.
Former President Donald Trump is challenging 81-year-old President Joe Biden to a cognitive exam. Hours after the president’s doctor said that he was “fit to serve” having conducted his annual physical exam on Wednesday, Trump doubted Biden’s fitness to serve another four years and asked for a cognitive exam.
In a post on Truth Social, Trump wrote, “Crooked Joe Biden must take a Cognitive Test. Maybe that way we would be able to find out why he makes such terrible decisions. I took two of them, and ACED them both (no mistakes!). All Presidents, or people wanting to become President, should mandatorily take this test!”
White House Dr. Kevin O’Connor determined that there were “no new concerns” found during Biden’s physical and claimed that the commander-in-chief is “healthy, active and robust.”
Biden, however, did not take a cognitive test despite concerns over his mental state which grew after Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on Biden’s handling of classified documents which pointed out lapses in his memory and said that he would come off to a jury as a “well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory.”
A judge on Friday sentenced paramedic Peter Cichuniec who was convicted in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain to five years in the Department of Corrections, which is essentially the minimum sentence for his second-degree assault conviction.
"Minimum, the bare minimum always?" questioned Elijah's mother, Sheneen McClain, after the sentencing. "No. We deserve better, we deserve more."
In December, Cichuniec and Jeremy Cooper were each found guilty of criminally negligent homicide following a weekslong trial in Adams County.
The jury found Cooper not guilty of second-degree assault with intent to cause bodily harm and not guilty of second-degree assault for administering drugs without consent. The jury found Cichuniec guilty of second-degree assault for administering drugs without consent and acquitted him of second-degree assault with intent to cause bodily harm.
Vice President Kamala Harris sparked backlash on social media this week after she tried to praise poll workers for their efforts amid the presidential primaries. However, her appreciation post was built on a lie, and social media users did not waste time pointing it out.
Sharing a photo of her seemingly listening to Vasu Abhiraman on X, Harris wrote, “Our democracy could not function without nonpartisan poll workers like Vasu and Rob whom I met in Georgia. President Biden and I thank you and we support you.”
Her post quickly drew controversy as some users used X’s Community Notes to add additional context to the tweet revealing that Abhiraman is not nonpartisan but is a liberal advocate who pushes the progressive movement.
The man on the left is not a “nonpartisan poll worker.” He is Vasu Abhiraman, an attorney for the left-wing advocacy group Alliance for Justice,” the notice read.
Police have now said that the death of the 50-year-old is under 'criminal investigation', according to CNBC.
In a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the Blanco County Sheriff's Office said: 'This incident was not a typical accident.
'Although the preliminary investigation indicated this was an unfortunate accident, the Sheriff’s Office is still investigating this accident as a criminal matter until they have sufficient evidence to rule out criminal activity.'
The Biden administration is demanding Fox News retract stories involving allegations of Biden family corruption.
White House spokesman Ian Sams sent a letter to Fox News executives alleging the news network has promoted a "false, discredited" allegation of bribery involving President Joe Biden.
Sams is referring to allegations that Alexander Smirnov brought to the FBI years ago — part of a controversial FD-1023 document — claiming Ukrainian energy company Burisma paid Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, $5 million each in 2015 and/or 2016. Last month, special counsel David Weiss secured an indictment against Smirnov, a former FBI confidential human source, for allegedly lying about those claims.
On the simple basis that Weiss has lodged the allegations against Smirnov, Sams complained that Fox News "has taken no steps to retract, correct, or update its reporting."
The University of Florida fired all of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) staff in response to a new state law that bars colleges from using state or federal funds for the Marxist program.
“To comply with the Florida Board of Governor’s regulation 9.016 on prohibited expenditures, the University of Florida has closed the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, eliminated DEI positions and administrative appointments, and halted DEI-focused contracts with outside vendors,” the memo read.
Public schools are buckling under the strain of unchecked migration, with last year's 146,000 child arrivals alone jacking up education costs by more than $2 billion nationwide, researchers warn.
Lindsey Burke and others at the conservative Heritage Foundation say the arrival of children — some unaccompanied, others with families — are straining school systems in the states where they end up.
Research on this topic is mixed. Some scholars have found that immigration actually raises educational success for native-born kids, and some teachers say foreign arrivals sprinkle diversity into classes.
But think tank experts Burke and Lora Ries say the migrant surge is harmful right now, pointing to a New York school closing so that migrants could sleep there, and packed Texas classrooms spilling into hallways.
The flow of thousands of migrants daily through the treacherous migratory highway, the Darien Gap, has been cut off following the capture of a number of boat captains who had been ferrying the migrants to the starting point of their jungle trek.
The stoppage began when Colombian law enforcement captured two boat captains in the northern city of Necoclí on Monday. The companies that employed them halted all transport services in protest, effectively cutting off the officially estimated 2,000 people a day that enter the jungled passage hoping to reach the United States.
It has led to a build up of as many as 8,000 people waiting to cross between Colombia and Panama, the Colombia’s Ombudsman’s Office confirmed Thursday. The office, a governmental human rights watchdog, has warned that the buildup could “overwhelm the health system, food supply, among other things."
Video of President Biden using notecards during his visit to the U.S.-Mexican border near Brownsville, Texas, on Thursday has been shared on social media amidst ongoing concern over whether the 81-year-old is fit for a second White House term.
In footage posted on X, formerly Twitter, by Fox News national correspondent Griff Jenkins, Biden can be seen holding and at one point appearing to read notecards while listening to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer.
Jenkins wrote: "Pres Biden's use of notecards during his operational briefing at the border is noticeable - an ICE ERO [Enforcement and Removal Operations] official is explaining the challenges of sanctuary jurisdictions as he focuses on the next prepared question for an HSI [Homeland Security Investigations] official."
Palestinian factions including Hamas and Fatah have made progress in establishing political unity after talks in Moscow, the Russian foreign minister has said.
Addressing a diplomatic conference in Turkey, Sergei Lavrov said Hamas had agreed in writing for the first time to respect the platform of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), though he said it remained to be seen whether this would turn into more than words on a piece of paper.
The meaning of “recognition” is open to interpretation, but it may take Hamas closer to the longstanding position of Fatah, the dominant faction in the PLO, of a state of Palestine alongside Israel.
Hamas refused to recognise Israel’s right to exist, but has used various formulas to fudge this position under diplomatic pressure.
A statement on Friday by the Palestinian factions represented in Moscow said there would be an “upcoming dialogue” to bring them under the banner of the PLO.