Jan. 6 Panel To Hear Of Trump's Pressure On Justice Department kostenlos streamen | dailyme


Jan. 6 Panel To Hear Of Trump's Pressure On Justice Department


The Jan. 6 committee will hear from former Justice Department officials who faced down a relentless pressure campaign from Donald Trump over the 2020 presidential election results while suppressing a bizarre challenge from within their own ranks.The hearing Thursday will bring attention to a memorably turbulent stretch at the department as Trump in his final days in office sought to bend to his will a law enforcement agency that has long cherished its independence from the White House. The testimony is aimed at showing how Trump not only relied on outside advisers to press his false claims of election fraud but also tried to leverage the powers of federal executive branch agencies.The witnesses will include Jeffrey Rosen, who was acting attorney general during the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol. Three days earlier, Rosen was part of a tense Oval Office showdown in which Trump contemplated replacing him with a lower-level official, Jeffrey Clark, who wanted to champion Trump's bogus election fraud claims.SEE MORE: January 6 Hearing Continues Pressuring Trump And His AlliesIn a written statement prepared for the committee and obtained by The Associated Press, Rosen says the Justice Department had been presented with no evidence of fraud that could have affected the outcome of the election and therefore did not participate in any Trump campaign efforts to overturn the results, instead insisting on an orderly transfer of power."Some argued to the former president and public that the election was corrupt and stolen," Rosen's statement says. "That view was wrong then and it is wrong today, and I hope our presence here today helps reaffirm that fact."Two other former department officials, Rosen's top deputy, Richard Donoghue, and Steven Engel, are also scheduled to testify. Both warned Trump at the White House meeting that they'd resign and that many of the department's lawyers would follow if he replaced Rosen with Clark."You could have a situation here, within 24 hours, you have hundreds of people resigning from the Justice Department," Donoghue has said he told Trump. "Is that good for anyone? Is it good for the department? Is it good for the country? Is it good for you. It's not."Only then did Trump relent. The night, and later his Republican administration, ended with Rosen still in power.The hearing is the fifth this month by the House committee investigating the run-up to the insurrection at the Capitol, when Trump loyalists stormed the building as lawmakers were certifying the results of the election won by Democrat Joe Biden. Witnesses have included police officers attacked at the Capitol as well as lawyers, a television executive and local election officials who all resisted demands to alter results in Trump's favor.The committee last week presented videotaped depositions of former Attorney General William Barr, who castigated Trump's fraud claims as "bull," "bogus" and "idiotic" and resigned after failing to convince the president of that.Thursday's hearing will focus on what happened next as Rosen, Barr's top deputy, took over the department and found himself immediately besieged by Trump's demands for Justice Department action.SEE MORE: A Timeline Of What Happened On Jan. 6In one phone conversation, according to handwritten notes taken by Donoghue and made public by lawmakers last year, Trump directed to Rosen to "Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen."Around that time, Trump was introduced by a Republican congressman, Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, to Clark, who'd joined the department in 2018 as its chief environmental lawyer and was later appointed to run its civil division. Clark was earlier subpoenaed by the committee to give a deposition but will not be among the witnesses Thursday.Clark, according to statements from other Justice Department officials, met with Trump despite being ordered not to by bosses at the department and presented himself as eager to aid the president's efforts to challenge the election results. A report released last year by the Senate Judiciary Committee that painted Clark as a relentless advocate for Trump included a draft letter pushing Georgia officials to convene a special legislative session to reconsider the election results.Clark wanted the letter sent, but superiors at the Justice Department refused.The situation came to a head on Jan. 3, 2021, a Sunday, when Clark informed Rosen in a private meeting at the Justice Department that Trump wanted to replace him with Clark as acting attorney general. Rosen, according to the Senate report, responded that "there was no universe I could imagine in which that would ever happen" and that he would not accept being fired by a subordinate.Rosen then contacted the White House to request a meeting. That night, Rosen, Donoghue and Engel,



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Uvalde School Police Chief On Leave Following Mass Shooting kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Uvalde School Police Chief On Leave Following Mass Shooting

The Uvalde school districts police chief was put on leave Wednesday following allegations that he erred in his response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 19 students and two teachers dead.Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell said that he put schools police Chief Pete Arredondo on administrative leave because the facts of what happened remain unclear. In a statement, Harrell did not address Arredondo's actions as on-site commander during the attack but said he didn't know when details of federal, state and local investigations into the law enforcement response to the slayings would be revealed. SEE MORE: Uvalde Mayor Says Robb Elementary Will Be Demolished After ShootingFrom the beginning of this horrible event, I shared that the district would wait until the investigation was complete before making personnel decisions, Harrell said. Because of the lack of clarity that remains and the unknown timing of when I will receive the results of the investigations, I have made the decision to place Chief Arredondo on administrative leave effective on this date.A spokesperson for the Uvalde school district, Anne Marie Espinoza, declined to say whether Arredondo would continue to be paid while on leave.Another officer will assume the embattled chiefs duties, Harrell said.Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, told a state Senate hearing on Tuesday that Arredondo made terrible decisions as the massacre unfolded on May 24 , and that the police response was an abject failure.Three minutes after the 18-year-old gunman entered the school, sufficient armed law enforcement were on scene to stop the gunman, McCraw testified. Yet police officers armed with rifles waited in a school hallway for more than an hour while the gunman carried out the massacre. The classroom door could not be locked from the inside, but there is no indication officers tried to open the door while the gunman was inside, McCraw said.McCraw has said parents begged police outside the school to move in and students inside the classroom repeatedly pleaded with 911 operators for help while more than a dozen officers waited in a hallway. Officers from other agencies urged Arredondo to let them move in because children were in danger.The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering Room 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children, McCraw said.Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin pushed back on McCraws testimony casting blame on Arredondo, saying the Department of Public Safety has repeatedly put out false information about the shooting and glossed over the role of its own officers.McLaughlin called Tuesday's Senate hearing a clown show and said he heard nothing from McCraw about state troopers involvement, even though McLaughlin said their number in the school hallway at points during the slaughter surpassed that of any other law enforcement agency.Delays in the police response as the shooting was happening has become the focus of ongoing investigations and public outcry. Law enforcement has at times offered confusing and sometimes contradictory details and timelines that have drawn anger and frustration.The Uvalde City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously against giving Arredondo who is a council member a leave of absence from appearing at public meetings. Relatives of the shooting victims had pleaded with city leaders to instead fire him.Arredondo has tried to defend his actions, telling the Texas Tribune that he didnt consider himself the commander in charge of operations and that he assumed someone else had taken control of the law enforcement response. He said he didnt have his police and campus radios but that he used his cellphone to call for tactical gear, a sniper and the classroom keys.Its still not clear why it took so long for police to enter the classroom, how they communicated with each other during the attack, and what their body cameras show.Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

Experts Warn Gas Tax Holiday Unlikely To Be Passed In Congress kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Experts Warn Gas Tax Holiday Unlikely To Be Passed In Congress

Facing stubbornly high gas prices that average about $5 a gallon nationwide, President Joe Biden on Wednesday urged Congress to suspend federal gasoline and diesel taxes for three months.If savings from the 18.4 cents-a-gallon federal tax on gas are fully passed along to consumers, drivers would save about $2.76 for a 15-gallon fill-up.It's unclear, though, if President Biden can push his proposal through Congress, where lawmakers, including some Democrats, are skeptical or even opposed to the idea. Many economists also are wary of a gas tax holiday.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers will see where the consensus lies on a path forward for President Bidens plan, but she and other congressional Democrats have long worried that suspending the gas tax would allow oil companies to reap additional profits with no guarantee the savings would be passed along to consumers."The other thing to consider is that some of that cut in tax will probably be captured by the gas company... They're not going to pass all of that through to their customers," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics.The president can do remarkably little to fix prices that are set by global markets, profit-driven companies, consumer demand and aftershocks from Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the embargoes that followed. The underlying problem is a shortage of oil and refineries that produce gas, a challenge a tax holiday cannot necessarily fix.Zandi estimates that the majority of the 8.6% inflation seen over the past 12 months in the U.S. comes from higher commodity prices due to Russia's invasion and continued disruptions from the coronavirus."Russia produces a lot of oil, exports a lot of oil, and that's come off the market," Zandi said. "So it's just supply and demand. If you have, you know, less supply. And of course, the economy is generating demand for oil then, you know, prices have to go up. And that's exactly what what's been happening."SEE MORE: What Would A Gas Tax Break Feel Like For Drivers?High gas prices pose a fundamental threat to President Biden's political and policy ambitions. They've caused confidence in the economy to slump, contributed to record inflation and adds to the formidable challenges that Democrats face in keeping control of the House and the Senate in November.President Biden's past efforts to cut gas prices including release of oil from the U.S. strategic reserve and greater ethanol blending this summer have done little to produce savings at the pump. President Biden says the gas tax holiday can provide some direct relief to consumers, and he is calling on states to follow suit by suspending their own gas taxes or helping consumers in other ways."There is no smoking gun slam dunk solution here," Zandi said. "So things are out of many respects, out of the president's control and the administration's control... And then layer on top of that the fact that you have an election fast approaching. It's just got to be incredibly overwhelmingly, you know, frustrating for for folks in the administration."Zandi suggests that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and a nuclear deal with Iran could help to boost supplies and lower gas prices for consumers.The administration says the three-month pause would cost about $10 billion. The lost revenue would otherwise go to the Highway Trust Fund, which finances most federal government spending for highways and mass transit.Critics of the tax holiday say that could lead to decreased spending on roads, bridges and other infrastructure that are the hallmark of the President Biden presidency. But the White House says the money could be transferred from other government accounts and that infrastructure remains a top priority for the president.Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

New Abortion Laws Say It's Clear When Life Starts. Biology Can't Agree kostenlos streamen | dailyme

New Abortion Laws Say It's Clear When Life Starts. Biology Can't Agree

A key point in debates about abortion restrictions is this question over when, legally-speaking, life begins. Some anti-abortion activists may suggest that after this point, abortion should no longer be legal. Many prominent anti-abortion voices have asserted life begins at conception, and argued it's backed by the science.But there isnt that kind of consensus scientifically or theologically. Scientific advancement has only made the question way more complicated, and a number of experts in religious ethics have pointed out there's as much disagreement and change as ever, even within a single religion. Just ask Margaret Kamitsuka, whos been researching and teaching religious studies and gender for over 20 years.  "So the question of when life begins has always meant different things in different cultures and times," Kamitsuka said. "So it begins when the fetus gets its soul everyone agreed on that, but there was no agreement about the timing. And that's where the issue is."So lets take a look at some of the theories for when life begins some backed by science and some by faith. Because as the country braces for a wave of legal battles over abortion restrictions, its worth questioning some of these assumptions were going to keep hearing about whats really irrefutable here.First, lets roll back the clock, all the way back to the end of medieval Europe. Back then, personhood was believed to start with  the quickening, which was the first time a pregnant person felt a baby kick. That's usually around a little over four months into the pregnancy. Legal texts and midwife manuals pointed to that motion as a sign of personhood. Even the Catholic Church at this time didn't recognize abortion before the quickening as murder."So the only passage in the Bible that talks about a fetus in in any detail is in the Book of Exodus Chapter 21," Kamitsuka said. "If the fetus dies, then the perpetrator pays a fine. If the woman also dies as a result of the injury, then the penalty is for homicide. So the early church knew, of course, of this passage and accepted the principle that there is a difference in legal status between a non-viable fetus and a pregnant woman."But over the 19th and 20th centuries, scientific advancement taught us more about embryonic development, and the debate began to shift. It wouldnt be until as late as 1869 before the Catholic Church permanently declared all abortion to be a sin, which is its official stance today.Does that sound like a consensus? Well, not so fast.Contrary to popular belief, new research didn't actually bring us an "irrefutable answer. Instead, the question got much more complicated. Part of that is because we now know many stages of development that have been argued to be when life begins.In biology, first, of course, there is conception and fertilization. Some Christians point to certain Bible passages that imply this is when ensoulment happens. One can also point out that the embryo now has full genetic material, but its hard to say if thats biological proof of life. Most cells in our body also have that, and those arent considered a separate life.Two weeks later, we get to gastrulation. Now the embryo is biologically unique, so it cant become twins or triplets. One could also argue this is the start of an individual.At about six weeks, an ultrasound can detect a flutter of electrical impulses in the area that eventually controls a heartbeat. This is why proponents of abortion bans after six weeks call those laws heartbeat bills. But, as many in the medical community have noted, the name can be misleading since the heart isnt yet fully formed.Ask a neuroscientist when life begins, and they could point to about six months in, when we can start to see brainwave patterns. When we lose these brainwaves, a person is declared legally dead in the U.S. and many other countries, so some could argue brainwaves signal when a fetus starts being a person.Around this time, the fetus can become viable outside the womb. Thats another legal milestone. In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court found the Constitution doesnt let states ban abortions before this point. Keep in mind the point of viability is flexible, since it depends on what sort of clinical resources are available and how medicine has advanced.Now, of course, roughly 40 weeks in, is the birth itself. The Jewish faith, along with some Christians, see this first breath as the beginning of life, and will point to other passages in the Bible to support this.You can see why we just dont have biological proof or even religious consensus when it comes to when life begins."The Roman Catholic Church does not specify when life begins," Kamitsuka said. "They say there's a presumption it's possible, and therefore we should never have it do an abortion, a direct abortion. But the Roman Catholic Church understands that even modern science cannot

Chicago Mayoral Candidate Shares His Coming Out Journey kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Chicago Mayoral Candidate Shares His Coming Out Journey

Many say that coming out as gay shouldnt be that big of a deal. But for people like Chicagos 15th ward alderman Raymond Lopez, it was."I remember being in high school and being in the closet," Lopez said.Lopez came out more than 20 years ago to his Latino family and friends. Now hes one of two openly gay candidates running for mayor of Chicago. If elected, Lopez would be the first openly gay man and Latino mayor for the windy city."I think is an extraordinary testament to how far we've come in this city and in this country," Lopez said.But growing up gay was more like living a secret life. He went to an all-boys catholic school, which he says made it not so easy for boys who were hiding their true identity."Thinking back, you know, to see classmates of mine who eventually came out and just reliving what it was like with them," Lopez said ."It was a more difficult world to navigate for young people."Shamed by the stigma in his community and fear for what his loved ones would think of him, he kept his secret to himself. Now he reminisces about the first time he ever told someone."A former high school friend of mine who was in college, and I actually ran into him in one of the these meetings," Lopez said. "And, you know, he told me he was bisexual, and I think that was the first time that I actually said that I was gay, like out loud."Recent data from the Center for American Progress shows that Hispanic LGBTQ+ individuals have experienced discrimination 15% higher than white LGBTQ+ members. The disparities are more evident in access to critical services such as mental health and educational settings.NEWSY'S AXEL TURCIOS: Why do you think it's still a taboo to talk about your sexuality, especially when you come from a Hispanic background?RAYMOND LOPEZ: The strong sense of Christian faith within the Latino community. I think that makes people uncomfortable, and it's not something that they've ever heard of in church, to be accepting and welcoming people who are different.Lopez says it hasn't been an easy road, but he says he wants his story to inspire not only Hispanic teenagers, but everyone who's struggling to come out to feel proud of who they are.Lopez says many in the Latinx community don't have a lot of role models to look up to.Its a thought shared by Mexican-American David Gauna, a board member of the LGBTQ+ non-profit Alma."I didn't feel safe because i wasn't sure how others were going to perceive me," Gauna said. "Being gay wasn't something that was communicated to me at all or spoken about in my home, and therefore it felt very foreign and unfamiliar and scary."Gauna says more spaces for LGBTQ youth need to be created to make them feel more comfortable in their communities and possibly in coming out."To this day here in Chicago, for example, there are no spaces that are designed to explore and build and create a safe space that explores the intersectionality of young queer youth who are both queer and Latino," Gauna said."You don't have to just be defined by your sexuality, and you're not, and you don't have to be put in a box simply to make other people feel good about themselves," Lopez said.Lopez is now married and has seven dogs. He and Gauna have different lives, but share the same story: their struggle to come out as gay.They say their fight for equal rights continues so new generations of LGBTQ+ members can feel safe to be themselves.

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