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May 20, 2022

Report: BLM Co-Founder Spent Millions on Friends, Family

Tax documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service reveal that Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors used millions of donated dollars to pay friends and family for various services.

Paul Cullors, Patrisse’s brother, received $840,000 for alleged security services rendered to the organization, according to the 63-page Form 990.

The organization also paid a hefty sum to Damon Turner, the father of Cullors’ child, roughly $970,000 for alleged “creative services.”

BLM’s fiscal year — July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021 — ended with $42 million in assets.

Tax filings show that the organization received $90 million in donations, with BLM spending more than $37 million on grants, real estate, and private flights. Another $32 million was invested in the stock market.

According to a report from the New York Post, organizers claim that the “investment is expected to become an endowment in a bid to ensure the foundation’s work continues in the future.”

BLM’s Form 990 shows that more than $25 million was written off as grants to organizations and families.

“Transparency and accountability is so important to us, but so is trust,” said board chair Cicley Gay. “Presenting [donor] names after the fact, at this point, would likely be a betrayal of that trust.”


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Tax filings reveal how BLM co-founder spent charity funds

May 20, 2022

US Soccer Federation Announces Equal Pay Deal Between Men’s and Women’s Teams

The U.S. Soccer Federation and the U.S. women’s national soccer team have reached a historic deal to ensure equal pay with the men’s national team.

“This is a truly historic moment,” U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone said. “These agreements have changed the game forever here in the United States and have the potential to change the game around the world.”

The game-changing agreement, which lasts through 2028, U.S. Soccer will become “the first Federation in the world to equalize FIFA World Cup prize money.”

In 2019, 28 members of the women’s team filed a lawsuit against the federation for gender discrimination and equal pay.

“I am feeling extreme pride,” Becky Sauerbrunn, the U.S. Women’s National Team defender, said in an interview with NBC’s TODAY. “To be able to say finally, equal pay for equal work feels very, very good.”


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U.S. Soccer Federation and women’s team announce equal pay deal: ‘This is truly a historic moment’

May 20, 2022

House Passes Gas “Price Gouging” Bill

House Democrats passed a measure to combat gasoline “price gouging.”

The Hill noted that the measure is unlikely to fare well in the Senate, where it would need 10 Republican votes to advance, “but it’s part of a major messaging push by Democrats as they try to blame the oil industry for skyrocketing prices.”

The bill passed 217-207, along party lines, with Democratic Reps. Stephanie Murphy (FL), Lizzie Fletcher (TX), Kathleen Rice (N.Y.), and Jared Golden (ME) voting against it.

“The Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act would not fix high gasoline prices at the pump, and has the potential to exacerbate the supply shortage our country is facing, leading to even worse outcomes,” Fletcher said in a statement. 

“At best, this bill is a distraction that won’t actually address the problem. At worst, it could make the problem more severe,” Murphy said in a statement, citing comments from former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, in which he said the measure could “cause and contrive all kinds of shortages.”

Republicans argued that Democrats were looking to shift the blame for skyrocketing fuel prices.

“First they blamed it on COVID, then they blamed it on Putin…and now they’re blaming it on mom and pop gas stations who are often just struggling to get by,” said Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ).


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House passes gasoline price-gouging bill

May 20, 2022

911 Dispatcher May Lose Job Over Hanging Up on Buffalo Shooting Caller

An unnamed 911 dispatcher’s job is in jeopardy over accusations that they hung up on a supermarket employee during the shooting in Buffalo, New York, last weekend.

The Office of the Erie County Executive said that the dispatcher was placed on administrative leave after an internal investigation. The employee faces a disciplinary hearing on May 30, where “termination will be sought.”

Office spokesperson Peter Anderson said that the dispatcher has worked for the county for eight years.

Latisha Rogers, an assistant office manager at Tops Friendly Market, said she was whispering during the 911 call because she was hiding from the shooter. Rogers told The Buffalo News that the dispatcher shouted at her, asked her why she was whispering, and then hung up on her.

“She was yelling at me, saying, ‘Why are you whispering? You don’t have to whisper,’” Rogers said, “and I was telling her, ‘Ma’am, he’s still in the store. He’s shooting. I’m scared for my life. I don’t want him to hear me. Can you please send help?’ She got mad at me, hung up in my face.”

Rogers said she had to call her boyfriend and tell him to call 911 and report the shooting.


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911 Dispatcher May Be Fired Over Handling of Buffalo Shooting Call

May 20, 2022

Family Found Guilty of Modern-Day Slavery

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1927: At 7:40 AM, Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris, aboard Spirit of St Louis (1st non-stop flight).

A Virginia family has been convicted on charges relating to forced labor and domestic servitude.

According to the Department of Justice, a jury found Zahida Aman, Mohammad Nauman Chaudhri, and Mohammad Rehan Chaudhri guilty of conspiracy to commit forced labor.

Additionally, Aman was convicted of forced labor and document servitude, and Rehan Chaudhri was found guilty of forced labor.

“Forced labor, the modern-day equivalent of slavery, has no place in our country or district, and we will stop at nothing to prosecute those that commit these or similar crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Aber for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Aman reportedly arranged a marriage between a third son and the victim in 2002. The victim, a Pakistani woman, moved to the United States and stayed with her husband’s family in Midlothian, Virginia, where the defendants had compelled her “to serve the family as a domestic servant” and subjected her to physical and verbal abuse for over a decade.

The DOJ said that the defendants had restricted communication with her family in Pakistan, took away her money and immigration documentation, and eventually threatened “to separate her from her children by deporting her to Pakistan.”

Additionally, the Justice Department says, “the defendants slapped, kicked, and pushed the victim, even beat her with wooden boards, and on one occasion hog-tied her hands and feet and dragged her down the stairs in front of her children.”

“The defendants exploited the victim’s trust and inflicted cruel and inhumane physical and mental abuse on her, all so they could keep her working in their home as their domestic servant,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said.


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Family Convicted of Conspiring to Force a Pakistani Woman to Labor in Their Virginia Home for 12 Years

May 19, 2022

DHS Halts Disinformation Board

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pausing the work of its new Disinformation Governance Board, saying that the “false attacks have become a significant distraction.”

Some critics argued that the DHS was not sufficiently forthcoming about the board’s mission, and others took to calling the board the “Ministry of Truth,” referencing George Orwell’s 1984.

The disinformation board was created just three weeks ago and has never formally met. Its leader, Nina Jankowicz, is also resigning from her post.

“With the Board’s work paused and its future uncertain, and I have decided to leave DHS to return to my work in the public sphere,” Jankowicz wrote in a statement.

“It is deeply disappointing that mischaracterizations of the Board became a distraction from the Department’s vital work, and indeed, along with recent events globally and nationally, embodies why it is necessary.”

One DHS official said: “There have been gross mischaracterizations of what the board’s work would be. And there have been grotesque personal attacks and the reaction has candidly become a distraction to the department’s important work in addressing disinformation that threatens homeland security.”

The board’s critics applauded the decision to “pause,” including journalist Glenn Greenwald, who also criticized the Washington Post report on the situation.

“It’s a cause of momentary celebration that the Department of Homeland Security was forced by popular anger to ‘pause’ its Disinformation Board and the absurd #Resistance cartoon they hired to run it, but read this to see how angry [the Washington Post] and [reporter Taylor Lorenz] are that this happened,” Greenwald wrote on Twitter.


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DHS to pause work of disinformation board

May 19, 2022

Mark Cuban Backs Biden’s Polarizing Initiative

Entrepreneur Mark Cuban said that he supports President Joe Biden’s polarizing proposal to cancel at least $10,000 in student loan debt per borrower.

But, the Dallas Mavericks owner says the more urgent problem is addressing the “ridiculous” tuition fees.

“We don’t want this being a perennial problem,” Cuban told Insider. “It has to be fixed. As far as how much should be forgiven, I’m good with the Biden proposal.” 

Cuban’s comment marks a turn from 2015, when he said he was against canceling student debt because “all it does is bail out the universities.”

Late last month, multiple reports confirmed that Biden is weighing action to cancel at least $10,000 per borrower, though the White House has not made any official announcements.


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Mark Cuban supports Biden’s proposal to forgive $10,000 in student debt per borrower as long as ‘ridiculous tuition fees’ are addressed alongside it: ‘We don’t want this being a perennial problem’

May 19, 2022

Two Children Hospitalized Due To Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

Two children in Tennessee have been hospitalized due to the U.S.’s ongoing baby formula shortage.

According to Mark Corkins, division chief of pediatric gastroenterology at Le Bonheur and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the children were hospitalized in mid-May.

“These are young children who have health conditions and special medical needs that have specific dietary requirements,” Corkins said. “Their bodies did not adapt well to the new formula type and they required treatment via IV fluids and supplemental nutrition.”

Corkins said the hospital’s pediatric experts were “making multiple substitutions throughout a child’s care to ensure that their nutritional needs are met.”

He cautioned that doing so “can be a complicated and cumbersome process and is extremely difficult for parents to navigate on their own.”


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Two children hospitalized at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital due to baby formula shortage

May 19, 2022

Republicans Address White Supremacy Allegations

Several House Republicans have responded to Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) accusation that their leadership is bolstering white supremacy.

“Both sides have some fringe members, but the 99 percent are not racist. Let’s just be candid about that,” said Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE).

“Obviously, we got some fringe elements in our party that may stand there but it’s, you know, we ought to all be speaking out against it,” said Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI).

Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (R-N.J.) said: “I don’t think that there’s anybody in the Republican Party — I honestly believe there’s nobody that wants to enable, enhance or anyway support white supremacy.”

Fox News host Tucker Carlson is also facing accusations of pushing the white replacement theory, but even his critics within the GOP deny that he’s at fault for the racially motivated shooting in Buffalo, New York.

“Like, I hate Tucker Carlson. I despise him. But he didn’t cause this, right?” said Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX). “Doesn’t mean that his rhetoric caused it. This was caused by a legitimately crazy person.”


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Republicans dismiss white supremacy charge but show unease about rhetoric

May 19, 2022

Cawthorn Concedes Defeat in North Carolina

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1643: Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England.

Embattled Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) has conceded to state Sen. Chuck Edwards in the North Carolina Republican primary, marking the end of a brief but eventful congressional tenure.

Last month, Cawthorn had said he and other right-wing, first-term Congressmembers were the targets of a “coordinated drip campaign” by establishment Republicans.

Top North Carolina Republicans had endorsed Edwards, including Sen. Thom Tillis R-N.C.).

“Republicans chose Chuck Edwards tonight because he is the embodiment of Mountain values who will fight for them every single day in Congress with honor and integrity,” Tillis said.

Former President Donald Trump had endorsed Cawthorn, encouraging supporters to give him “a second chance.”

“When Madison was first elected to Congress, he did a great job,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “Recently, he made some foolish mistakes, which I don’t believe he’ll make again…let’s give Madison a second chance!”

In an interview with CNN’s John Berman, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said Cawthorn’s loss is “good for the country.”

Kinzinger said Washington, D.C., “has become kind of a growing ground for people that are just more interested in fame than governing.”

Read more about the controversies surrounding Cawthorn here.


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Cawthorn ousted in North Carolina

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