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New York attorney general adds 'criminal capacity' to probe of Trump Organization
May 19, 2021

New York Attorney General Letitia James is joining the Manhattan district attorney's office in a criminal investigation of the Trump Organization, James' office said Tuesday.
The attorney general office's investigation into the Trump Organization, which has been underway since 2019, will also continue as a civil probe, but the office recently informed Trump Organization officials of the criminal component.
"We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civil in nature. We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA," James' spokesman Fabien Levy told CNN. "We have no additional comment."

In an increasingly serious sign for former President Donald Trump, the attorney general's office is working with the Manhattan district attorney's office, whose wide-sweeping probe into the Trump Organization has looked into whether the company misled lenders and insurance companies about the value of properties and whether it paid the appropriate taxes. James' notification to the organization brings a new level of potential legal risk to the former President, with the attorney general now able to seek criminal penalties as part of the probe.
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/05/18/poli ... index.html
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Texas governor signs law banning abortions early as 6 weeks
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed a law that bans abortions in Texas before many women even know they are pregnant and differs singularly from similar efforts nationwide: leaving enforcement to private citizens, who can sue doctors or anyone who helps a woman get an abortion.

The law puts Texas in line with more than a dozen other states that ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, possibly as early as six weeks. It would take effect in September, but federal courts have mostly blocked states from enforcing similar measures.
One day after ending the mask mandate so "people could make their own health decisions."
So I suppose that excludes women.

And tell me, how is that bolded part not some Little Brother BS? That's all this phony libertarianism is. """Little government"""" indeed. All the abuses of big government totalitarianism, none of the benefits.
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With shoplifting 'legal,' organized crime has a field day in San Francisco
By Monica Showalter
With investors and residents fleeing, organized crime has found itself some big business opportunities in leftwing San Francisco.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle:

Retailers attributed a majority of losses to professional thieves instead of opportunistic shoplifters who may be driven by poverty, with one CVS leader calling San Francisco a hub of organized retail crime. Losses have shuttered drugstores providing vital services, even more critical during the pandemic as some stores give out vaccines.

“This has been out of control,” said Supervisor Ahsha Safaí, who held a hearing Thursday with retailers, police, the district attorney and probation departments. “People are scared to go into these stores — seniors, people with disabilities, children. It’s just happening brazenly. We can’t just as a city throw up our hands and say this is OK. We have to come up with solutions.”

And more to the point, drug stores, groceries, and small retailers are closing rather than let these organized crime theft rings strip them bare.

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https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/20 ... cisco.html

This is just sick. I feel sorry for these stores and the people that need them as they're probably going to be moving out of these cities soon.
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Biden condemns attacks on U.S. Jewish community as 'despicable'
Source: Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden condemned violence against Jewish communities in the United States and abroad on Monday after a string of attacks amid the conflict between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

Physical or verbal assaults were reported against Jews in New York City, Los Angeles and South Florida during the 11 days of fighting in the region.

"The recent attacks on the Jewish community are despicable, and they must stop. I condemn this hateful behavior at home and abroad — it’s up to all of us to give hate no safe harbor," Biden wrote in a Twitter post.

Gilad Erdan, Israel's ambassador to the United States, tweeted his thanks in response and said he hoped the assailants were swiftly brought to justice and hate crimes deterred.
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Portland riots, demonstrations cost taxpayers more than $12M

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UPDATED 4:25 PM PT – Saturday, May 22, 2021
Taxpayers in Portland, Oregon are fronting the multi-million dollar bill to fund city police’s response to riots and looting. One America’s Kendell Kadesky has more.
https://www.oann.com/portland-riots-dem ... -than-12m/

Portland has also seen an 800% increase in killings. This isn't good and isn't something we're going to ignore.
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Home prices in March saw highest growth in over 15 years, S&P Case-Shiller says

PUBLISHED TUE, MAY 25 2021 9:01 AM EDT UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

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-- Home prices in March were 13.2% higher in March, compared with March 2020, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index.
-- The 10-city composite rose 12.8% year over year, up from 11.7% in the previous month. The 20-city composite increased 13.3%, up from 12.0% in February.

Home prices in March were 13.2% higher in March, compared with March 2020, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index. ... That’s up from the 12% annual gain in February, and it marks the 10th straight month of accelerating home prices.

The March gain is the largest since December 2005 and is one of the largest in the index’s 30-year history. Prices are being pushed higher by incredibly strong competition in the market. High demand is butting up against near record-low supply, resulting in bidding wars for the vast majority of listings.

The 10-city composite rose 12.8% year over year, up from 11.7% in the previous month. The 20-city composite increased 13.3%, up from 12% in February.

Cities with the strongest price gains continue to be Phoenix, San Diego and Seattle. Phoenix sits at the top with 20% year-over-year price increase, followed by San Diego with a 19.1% increase and Seattle prices rising 18.3%. All 20 cities reported higher price increases in the year ending March 2021 versus the year ending February 2021.
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New York investigation into Trump business dealings: Special grand jury convened - reports
Wednesday 26 May 2021

Prosecutors in New York have convened a special grand jury as part of a two-year investigation into Donald Trump's business dealings.

According to news first reported in The Washington Post, the grand jury will meet three days a week for six months and could eventually be asked to consider returning indictments.

Mr Trump is being investigated by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr for matters including property valuations, hush-money payments to women on his behalf, and employee compensation.

Issues under investigation include Mr Trump's relationship with his lenders, a land donation made to qualify for an income tax deduction, and tax write-offs claimed by the Trump Organisation.
https://news.sky.com/story/new-york-inv ... s-12317092
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Biden's Plan: President To Propose 6 Trillion Budget Boost To Middle Class, Infrastructure
Source: The New York Times
(48 mins ago.). WASHINGTON -- President Biden will propose a $6 trillion budget on Friday that would take the United States to its highest sustained levels of federal spending since World War II, while running deficits above $1.3 trillion throughout the next decade.

Documents obtained by The New York Times show that Mr. Biden's first budget request as president calls for the federal government to spend $6 trillion in the 2022 fiscal year, and for total spending to rise to $8.2 trillion by 2031. The growth is driven by Mr. Biden's two-part agenda to upgrade the nation's infrastructure and substantially expand the social safety net, contained in his American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan, along with other planned increases in discretionary spending.

The proposal shows the sweep of Mr. Biden's ambitions to wield government power to help more Americans attain the comforts of a middle-class life and to lift U.S. industry to better compete globally in an economy the administration believes will be dominated by a race to reduce energy emissions and combat climate change.

Mr. Biden's plan to fund his agenda by raising taxes on corporations and high earners would begin to shrink budget deficits in the 2030s. Administration officials have said the jobs and families plans would be fully offset by tax increases over the course of 15 years, which the budget request backs up...
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