PELOSI'S JAN 6 PRIMETIME SPECTACULAR BEGINS THIS WEEK… FORMER ABC NEWS PRESIDENT JOINS CAMPAIGN… AXIOS : Scoop: Jan. 6 committee's secret adviser
The House's Jan. 6 committee has turned to a renowned former network news executive to hone a mountain of explosive material into a captivating multimedia presentation for a prime-time hearing Thursday.
James Goldston — former president of ABC News, and a master documentary storyteller who ran "Good Morning America" and "Nightline" — has joined the committee as an unannounced adviser, Axios has learned. […]
I'm told Goldston is busily producing Thursday's 8 p.m. ET hearing as if it were a blockbuster investigative special.
MORE … NETWORKS PLAN TO INTERRUPT PROGRAMMING TO TAKE IT LIVE…
At least two of the broadcast networks will interrupt evening programming for live coverage anchored by ABC's David Muir and CBS' Norah O'Donnell. NBC will announce plans soon.
MORE… DEM CONGRESSMAN WANTS JAN 6 COMMITTEE TO PUSH FOR END OF ELECTORAL COLLEGE… AXIOS : Scoop: Jan. 6 committee's private divide
The House's Jan. 6 committee has split behind the scenes over what actions to take after the public hearings: Some members want big changes on voting rights — and even to abolish the Electoral College — while others are resisting proposals to overhaul the U.S. election system, Axios has learned. […]
In multiple conversations among committee members, Raskin has argued that the Electoral College should be abolished — that if presidents were elected by a popular vote, this would protect future presidential elections against the subversion that Trump and his allies tried to pull off in 2020.
GOP PLANS 'COUNTERPROGRAMMING' … BREITBART : Rep. Elise Stefanik: GOP Ready to Provide Counter Programming to 'Illegitimate' January 6 Hearing
Republicans are ready to provide counterprogramming to the "illegitimate" January 6 Committee hearing, House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) told Breitbart News Saturday. […]
"We're working very closely with President Trump and his team with Leader Kevin McCarthy, with Jim Jordan, and really all of the House Republicans will be pushing back in a rapid response fashion," Stefanik said, previewing what is to come.
"You will see us all over the airwaves, we will be setting the record straight. We will be telling the truth to the American people sharing the facts and also really pointing out how unprecedented and unconstitutional and illegitimate this committee is," she continued.
Stefanik added that GOP members already have "lots of media bookings already set," and she predicted that members are "going to shine in this moment."
DOJ ANNOUNCES MULTIPLE JAN 6-RELATED CHARGING DECISIONS AHEAD OF PERFORMANCE… POLITICO : DOJ declines to charge Meadows, Scavino with contempt of Congress for defying Jan. 6 committee
The Justice Department has declined to prosecute two of Donald Trump's closest White House advisers — former chief of staff Mark Meadows and social media director Dan Scavino — for refusing to cooperate with the Jan. 6 select committee, rejecting the House's recommendation that the pair be charged with contempt of Congress.
Matthew Graves, the U.S. Attorney for Washington D.C., delivered the news to House Counsel Douglas Letter earlier Friday, according to a person familiar with the correspondence.
The news came despite the Justice Department's decision earlier in the day to unseal charges against former Trump White House trade adviser Peter Navarro with contempt of Congress for similarly defying the select committee's demands. DOJ charged Trump ally Steve Bannon with contempt last year for refusing to engage with the select committee.
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SOME WEST COAST STATIONS APPROACH $10 A GALLON… DAILY MAIL : Gas prices leap to nearly $10 a gallon at California station after smashing record highs nationally amid Bidenflation
Gas prices have surged to nearly $10 a gallon in parts of California as costs continue to climb amid unprecedented inflation. […]
With that said, some parts of the Golden State have been more afflicted by the fuel cost crisis more than others, with one station in Mendocino, along the California coast, recording prices just cents away from $10 – the highest ever in history.
The station, Schlafer's Auto Repair, is just one of tens of thousands of stations that has seen its gasoline costs soar to astronomical heights during the Biden administration.
BOOT-EDGE-EDGE BLAMES OIL COMPANIES… MEDIAITE: Pete Buttigieg Says Gas Prices 'Not Set by a Dial' in the White House, Blames Oil Companies for High Costs (VIDEO)
"We know that the price of gasoline is not set by a dial in the Oval Office, and when an oil company is deciding, hour by hour, how much to charge you for a gallon of gas, they're not calling the administration to ask what they should do, they're doing it based on their goal on of maximizing their profits."
As the country moves closer to the midterm elections, the Biden administration remains under enormous pressure over its struggling efforts to deal with a myriad of national economic issues. The Biden administration has attempted to shift blame for gas prices in recent months, and Buttigieg stood by that as he kept on going after oil companies for not increasing production.
"It's been very striking right now to see these oil companies, who have become almost ridiculously profitable, and you hear these oil executives on the record talking about how they're not going to increase production," Buttigieg said.
COMMERCE SEC SPINS DESPERATELY… MEDIAITE : Biden Commerce Secretary Put Totally on the Run By Jake Tapper, Absurdly Points to France's Gas Prices as Evidence Biden Plan is Working (VIDEO)
"All due respect, Madam Secretary, Larry Summers a year ago, more than a year ago, was saying the Biden administration was putting too much money into the economy, flooding too much money into the economy," Tapper said. "And he was concerned about inflation. And a Biden administration official said that Larry Summers was wrong. And it turns out he was right."
Raimondo took umbrage with that premise, and pointed to high gas prices abroad as proof the $1.9 trillion stimulus package Biden signed into law last year is working.
"I don't really agree with that characterization," Raimondo said. "The reality is, I was just in Europe a couple of weeks ago. Gas there in France is $10 a gallon. And they didn't have an American rescue plan like we did. I shudder to think, Jake, what we would be living through right now if we didn't have the American rescue plan."
It's unclear how the stimulus impacted gasoline prices, but the argument that America is succeeding compared to other nations with higher gas prices in disingenuous. What Raimondo failed to note is that gas is always dramatically higher in Europe than it is in the U.S. The website trading economics shows that gas prices in France hovered around $7 in U.S. dollars per gallon in 2018, dipped briefly in 2020, then jumped to roughly $8 a gallon shortly after the start of the pandemic, and jumped up to just shy of $9 after Russia invaded Ukraine. U.S. Energy Department statistics show roughly the same $1 per gallon spike took place in the U.S. following the invasion.
SAVINGS PLUMMET, DEBT SKYROCKETS… BIDEN CLAIMS THE OPPOSITE … Biden Takes A Blowtorch To The Truth With Household Debt And Savings Claim
President Joe Biden lied Friday about the level of debt and savings U.S. households have accumulated under his presidency.
Biden boasted during a White House Address that the average American household has increased their savings and lowered debt since his inauguration, according to the White House briefing. […]
"Since I took office, families are carrying less debt; their average savings are up," he added. Biden said families feel financially comfortable under his economic plan.
Data from the U.S. Commerce Department published May 27 showed the U.S. personal savings rate fell to the lowest point since Sept. 2008 in April, falling to 4.4%, reported Yahoo Finance. […]
Consumer credit card debt rose $266 billion to $15.84 trillion in quarter one of 2022, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's "Household Debt and Credit Report."
BABY FORMULA SHORTAGE UPDATE … Abbott Laboratories Reopens Michigan Baby Formula Plant
Abbott Laboratories restarted baby formula production Saturday at its plant in Sturgis, Michigan, which has been closed since February, in an effort to ease the national formula shortage.
Abbott said in a statement it will resume production of EleCare and other specialty and metabolic formulas, which will be available to consumers as soon as June 20. The company also said it is working to restart production of Similac and other formulas as soon as possible.
NEW LOW JOE … BLACK DISAPPROVAL NOW AT 28%… Biden's Approval Rating From Black Voters Plummets
Black voters' enthusiasm for President Joe Biden has weakened since he took office, according to a recent poll.
The Washington Post/Ipsos poll sampled responses from nearly 1,250 black Americans between April 21 and May 2, 2022, and has a +/- 3.5% margin of error.
The poll found that only 23% "strongly approve" of the way Biden is handling his job as president while 70% "approve".
MORE WHITE HOUSE DEPARTURES … Three More Staffers Ditch Biden In One Week
Three top staffers have bailed on the Biden administration's press office in less than a week.
Rapid response director Mike Gwin, who held the position since President Joe Biden was sworn in, left on Thursday, according to the New York Post. Gwin is reportedly going to the Treasury Department to become the deputy assistant secretary for public affairs, the outlet continued.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre wished Gwin the best for his new role at the Treasury, according to The Hill.
Jean-Pierre announced on Wednesday that assistant press secretary Vedant Patel was also leaving her team to take on the role of principal deputy spokesperson at the State Department, the NY Post reported.
Jean-Pierre then announced on Thursday press office chief of staff Amanda Finney would be moving to the Energy Department to become deputy director of public affairs, the outlet continued. The rapid exit of Gwin, Patel and Finney follow reports of tension and frustration within the administration.
NY POST INTERVIEWS 'SIR ISAAC LOOTIN" ABOUT STRING OF NYC ROBBERIES … NYP : 'Man of Steal' speaks: thief with 46 arrests exploited city's fears — and jail might save his life
The serial thief who led the city in shoplifting busts last year with a staggering 46 arrests says he exploited his Queens neighborhood's fears, lax store security and soft-on crime prosecutors, during an exclusive jailhouse interview with The Post.
Isaac Rodriguez, who made the paper's Oct. 3, 2021 front page as the "Man of Steal," pilfered a Jackson Heights Walgreens at will — at least 37 times last year — loading up on anything he could easily flip for cash, which he then quickly converted to heroin-cocaine speedballs. […]
Nearly four dozen arrests and trips through Gotham's revolving-door justice system did nothing to slow his stealing.
It only fed his ego.
"I may have got caught 46 times — I can't tell you the number, but I got away a lot more than that," he boasted.
Rodriguez was finally sentenced in January to serve until at least Dec. 19 in Rikers after shoplifting from a Walgreens in Corona where there was an order of protection against him.
THANKS TO POST-GEORGE FLOYD LAW, WASHINGTON STATE DRIVERS QUIT PULLING OVER FOR COPS… KING5, WASHINGTON STATE : Washington police say drivers aren't stopping for them
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Patrol (WSP) said drivers are increasingly refusing to stop for troopers – and other law enforcement agencies also said this is becoming a common occurrence. […]
"Something's changed. People are not stopping right now," said Sgt. Darren Wright, a WSP spokesperson with 31 years on the job. "It's happening three to five times a shift on some nights and then a couple times a week on day shift." […]
Steve Strachan, the executive director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, and others in law enforcement connect the increase in failures-to-yield to the passage of House Bill 1054 last year, a sweeping police tactics law that, among other things, barred high-speed pursuits except in very limited circumstances. […]
Under the new law, police officers can't give chase unless there's reasonable suspicion to believe the driver is impaired or the higher standard of probable cause to believe they're an escaped felon or have committed a violent crime or a sex crime. […]
The prime sponsor of House Bill 1054, Democratic state Rep. Jesse Johnson, also opposed lowering the threshold for pursuits.
"I just do not believe pursuits in a 21st century policing system are needed," Johnson said in a March interview on TVW's "Inside Olympia" program.
FLASHBACK… MARCH 31, 2022… DEM STATE REP JESSE JOHNSON SAYS HE DISAGREED WITH LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS THIS YEAR TO RESTORE POLICE CHASES: "I just do not believe pursuits in a 21st century policing system are needed" (AUDIO, STARTS AT 36:13)
FLASHBACK… AUG 5, 2021… CRAZY MAN IN A DRESS STOLE A SCHOOL BUS AND COPS COULDN'T GIVE CHASE… KIRO : Lawmaker, author of state policing bills admits 'we have a couple of fixes to do' … LISTEN TO LOCAL HOST DESCRIBE (AUDIO, STARTS AT 11:04)
The final example Dori gave was in Chelan County two weekends ago when a man got out of Western State Hospital, was seen wearing a yellow dress, walking along the highway in Leavenworth, and then stole the school bus that a rafting company uses. He led police on a slow speed chase, but had not committed a violent crime, so Dori says they were not able to use a PIT maneuver or spike strips.
Chelan County sheriffs had to call off their pursuit. The man then went into Douglas County, and they had to call off their pursuit. He ended up crashing the bus, hitchhiking across the street, stealing a front loader and ramming it through the wall of his house.
MARYLAND COPS MOCK OUR HYSTERICAL, FAINTING GOAT CULTURE… FOX BALTIMORE : 'Generation butt hurt:' Maryland State Police investigate vulgar challenge coins
BALTIMORE (WBFF) — The Maryland State Police is trying to determine who produced and distributed suggestive and vulgar challenge coins among rank-and-file troopers earlier this year, the agency said Friday.
A spokeswoman for the state police said the coins came to the attention of the command staff in January. Officials said the coins violate department policy and they have yet to determine who was responsible for the coins.
The front side of the coin features an illustration of a woman's vagina with the phrase "These [expletive] can't take a pounding." The back side features an illustration of a woman in thong underwear. The words "I'm offended" are printed on the underwear and the words "Generation Butt Hurt" appear above the drawing.
THE GREAT PLATE DEBATE IN THE ALOHA STATE … Man Refuses To Surrender 'FCK BLM' License Plate Despite City Warnings
A Honolulu, Hawaii, man is refusing to give up a license plate with the words "FCK BLM," referring to the activist organization Black Lives Matter, written across it.
The license plate was first spotted in August 2021, and brought to the attention of city authorities. They recalled the plate, but the car is reportedly still driving around with the same plates, KITV4 reported Friday.
"We have sent three letters to the registered owner recalling the license plate. However, the registered owner has failed to surrender the plate. CSD has placed a hold on further renewals of his vehicle registration and his registration is now expired. HPD is able to cite the vehicle if it is being operated on the roads," Honolulu's Department of Customer Services told KITV4.
TEACHERS BRAG TO WAPO ABOUT GROOMING LESSONS… Teachers Explain How They Push 'Gender Lessons' On Young Children
Teachers across the country revealed the strategies they use to teach young children about gender ideology in a Friday article published by The Washington Post.
Teachers discussed the various ways they are injecting gender-related discussions into their lessons, including comments about using hormones to stop menstrual periods and declining to state that sexual anatomy is gender-specific, according to The Washington Post. One transgender teacher makes a point of telling students about the process of gender transitions, including with personal testimony.
"LGBTQ identities are a naturally occurring facet of human variation, and that is why we need to learn about them in the context of biology and human anatomy," Sam Long, a biology teacher at Denver South High School, told The Washington Post. Long, who is transgender, frequently discusses gender ideology with students, teaches that gender is a spectrum rather than a binary, and shares his own sex change experience.
Bill Farmer, a science teacher in Evanston, Illinois, teaches students that gender is a social construct, not a biological reality, he told The Washington Post. There are currently more transgender and nonbinary students in his classes than ever before – at least one or two per class – and approximately half of his school's biology teachers cover these subjects.
"There's not many spaces where students have the opportunity to engage in these discussions in a more structured way and where there's a safe space to ask questions," he told The Washington Post. "Most students are testing out or trying to figure out where they fall in their gender identity."
MORE… KINDERGARTEN TEACHER TELLS 5-YEAR-OLDS THAT GIRLS CAN HAVE PENISES… WAPO : Gender identity lessons, banned in some schools, are rising in others
In his kindergarten classroom, one teacher in western Massachusetts using "Rights, Respect, Responsibility" introduces the idea of gender as part of an exploration of identity. He explains that people use all sorts of pronouns: he, she, they, ze. He introduces the terms transgender and gender queer but doesn't fully define them because that is too much for kindergartners, said the teacher, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because his district did not authorize him to speak publicly.
He talks to students about anatomy but declines to classify various body parts as male or female. "We don't say a penis belongs to a man," he said. It belongs to a human, he explains.
And he makes clear that even if a doctor proclaims at birth, "It's a boy!" that baby may not be a boy. "Someone who was born a boy may not feel they are a boy."
TOXIC WAPO REPORTER FLAT OUT LIES ABOUT REQUESTS FOR COMMENT… WaPo Issues Corrections To Taylor Lorenz's Article After Two Sources Accuse Her Of False Reporting
The Washington Post issued a correction after two sources accused columnist Taylor Lorenz of falsely stating she reached out to them for comment Friday.
The outlet posted two corrections to Lorenz's piece, "Who won the Depp-Heard trial? Content creators that went all-in," stating that the article falsely attributed two YouTubers, Alyte Mazeika and ThatUmbrellaGuy, and Hollywood actor Johnny Depp's attorney, Adam Waldman.
Mazeika and ThatUmbrellaGuy both said they never received an email or any form of contact from Lorenz in separate Twitter posts Thursday. She contacted the two internet users after the story had been published, they said in separate Twitter posts.
"Um. This says I didn't respond to requests to comment? I know I've gotten a lot of email over the past two months, but I've just double checked for your name, @TaylorLorenz, and I see no email from you," Mazeika tweeted.
A HOPEFUL DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER… NYT : A Cancer Trial's Unexpected Result: Remission in Every Patient
It was a small trial, just 18 rectal cancer patients, every one of whom took the same drug.
But the results were astonishing. The cancer vanished in every single patient, undetectable by physical exam, endoscopy, PET scans or M.R.I. scans.
Dr. Luis A. Diaz Jr. of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, an author of a paper published Sunday in the New England Journal of Medicine describing the results, which were sponsored by the drug company GlaxoSmithKline, said he knew of no other study in which a treatment completely obliterated a cancer in every patient.
"I believe this is the first time this has happened in the history of cancer," Dr. Diaz said.
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