Anita Hill has expressed her concern that female presidential candidates for the 2020 election are not being taken as seriously as their male counterparts, calling the situation “deeply troubling.”
Hill, who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual misconduct in 1991, lamented what she believes to be indirect sexism directed towards female politicians who have announced presidential bids, in an interview with the New York Times,
Among the women who are running for president in 2020 are Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Hill said they are “are not being taken seriously as presidential candidates.”
“I think if we don’t take them seriously as presidential candidates, we are not going to hear those voices, and that would be a tragedy,” she continued.
Much of the focus centering female candidates for president seems to be around the possibility that they could run as vice president on a ticket with the Democratic nominee. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, both white men over the age of 70, are currently leading the polls.
Harris responded to such assumptions earlier this month, agreeing that she and former vice president Biden would be a good match for a ticket, but not perhaps in the way people expect.
“I think that Joe Biden would be a great running mate,” Harris said. “As vice president, he’s proven that he knows how to do the job.”
Renewed criticism of Biden has been unearthed in recent months regarding his involvement with Anita Hill’s 1991 testimony against Clarence Thomas. Biden chaired the all-white, all-male Senate Judiciary Committee which heard her testimony and ultimately ruled to confirm Thomas to the Supreme Court.
After the announcement of his campaign for the presidency, Hill told the New York Times that a week prior, Biden had called her and attempted to “express regret” for her experience. Hill said she wasn’t satisfied with the conversation.
“I cannot be satisfied by simply saying, ‘I’m sorry for what happened to you,’” she said. “I will be satisfied when I know that there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.”
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Kristen Thompson abruptly resigned Friday from Pathways Elementary School in Hillsborough, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a new release.
“This situation is being handled by law enforcement with the safety of our students and school staff as our utmost concern. Meanwhile, this situation is also being dealt with by school leadership as a personnel issue as well as a safety one,” authorities said.
Thompson’s fellow teachers allegedly overheard her make “threats to shoot up the school” and alerted law enforcement, the release said.
“They always say if you see something say something, that goes for if you hear something,” department spokeswoman Alicia Stemper told WNCN-TV.
Thompson’s name didn’t appear on the school’s website Tuesday, but an archived version indicated she worked with children in the special education program.
“She’s around the kids all the time. So I mean that’s scarier for a teacher, for a teacher saying that stuff than it would be somebody outside,” James George, a Pathways Elementary School parent, told the station.
Thompson was charged with “communicating a threat of mass violence” and received a $1,000 bond, police said. She is due in court on June 14.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party are trying to push a false narrative about President Trump‘s administration to make up for their own failings.
Ahead of a meeting on infrastructure earlier this morning with Trump, Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters, “We believe that no one is above the law including the president of the United States. And, we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.”
On “America’s Newsroom,” Spicer told anchors Sandra Smith and Eric Shawn, “My reaction is what cover up? If there’s no underlying crime, there’s no underlying issue—which Mueller was conclusive about—then you can’t cover up nothing. And, what Nancy Pelosi is saying frankly doesn’t make sense. The president of the United States, over and over again, has been vindicated on this point.”
“These guys can continue to dig, to look under rocks, because they’ve been proven wrong so many times that I think it’s embarrassing, Spicer said. “What they’re trying to do is find some way to dignify this false narrative and false investigation that they’ve supported all along to make up for, frankly, the fact that they blew this last election.”
After a tense exchange with the two Democratic leaders — which lasted only minutes — Trump stepped in front of cameras in the Rose Garden where he held an impromptu press conference firing back.
“This whole thing was a take-down attempt,” the president said. He demanded that Democrats end what he called their “phony investigations” before he would negotiate with them on other issues. “I want to do infrastructure. I want to do it more than you want to do it. But you know what, you can’t do it under these circumstances,” he said.
“I have Nancy Pelosi go out and say that the president of the United States engaged in a cover-up now we’ve had a House investigation. We have Senate investigations. We have investigations like nobody’s ever had before and there’s nothing,” Trump lamented. “We did nothing wrong. They would have loved to have said we colluded they would have loved it.”
Spicer echoed the president’s sentiments: “They’ve now had three opportunities. This House investigation, a Senate investigation, and now the Mueller report. All of which have come to the same conclusions. It’s time Nancy Pelosi moved on and also showed the American people what they want to do.”
Almost immediately following the president’s remarks, Senate Minority Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi held their own separate news conference back on the Capitol Hill. Schumer called President Trump’s decision to bolt the meeting a “pre-planned excuse.” Pelosi told the gaggle, “He just took a pass. And it makes me wonder why he did that. In any event, I pray for the president of the United States. I pray for the United States of America.”
In a tweetstorm later this afternoon, President Trump responded tweeting, “You can’t investigate and legislate simultaneously – it just doesn’t work that way. You can’t go down two tracks at the same time. Let Chuck, Nancy, Jerry, Adam and all of the rest finish playing their games.”
He continued: “In the meantime, my Administration is achieving things that have never been done before, including unleashing perhaps the Greatest Economy in our Country’s history. Democrat leadership is tearing the United States apart, but I will continue to set records for the American People – and Nancy, thank you so much for your prayers, I know you truly mean it!”
Spicer added, “I think the Democrats are sort of balancing a very tight rope here. Which is, they’ve got to appease the very far-Left of their base, the angry mob of their base, that wants to get this president at any cost. But, on the other hand, they’ve got to start offering an agenda that is something more than just impeachment and attacking Donald Trump.
“That’s where they’re losing the narrative.”
He told Smith and Shawn that Pelosi was trying to use her comments as a way to stave off calls for impeachment within her Democratic ranks. “This is a coordinated effort to kind of give members enough cover that they’re doing something just shy of impeachment, Spicer stated. ”My guess is, though, that they go over the cliff and she can’t hold her members back.”
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CONCORD, NH – Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson has a message for the Democratic National Committee.
The best-selling spiritual author and philanthropist turned Democratic presidential candidate says the DNC’s “job should be to help us [the candidates] get in front of the voters.”
With five weeks to go until the first of the DNC-organized presidential primary debates kick off, the long-shot for the nomination who’s pushing to make the debate stage is taking aim at the national party committee’s criteria.
“I don’t believe the political parties should be gatekeepers. They should be conduits and channels that should serve the process, not design the process,” Williamson said Tuesday in an interview with Fox News and NHTalkradio.com while campaigning in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire.
In February, the DNC announced two ways the candidates could reach the debate stage. One is registering 1 percent or more support in three qualifying national or early primary or caucus voting state polls released between Jan. 1 and 14 days prior to the date of the first showdown. The other is receiving donations from at least 65,000 unique donors and having a minimum of 200 unique contributors per state in at least 20 states.
Each month, the DNC plans to hold two debates – on consecutive nights – with 10 contenders debating each evening. But with an historic two-dozen candidates now vying for the Democratic nomination, low-polling candidates are worried they’d have to meet both criteria to make the cut.
Williamson announced recently that her campaign reached the 65,000 individual donors criteria.
“Now, there’s another hoop. Well, we’ll jump through that one. I placed in the CNN poll. I placed in the Fox poll. I need to place in one more poll,” she explained.
But the candidate railed against the process, stressing that “that’s not what this should be about.”
“This is not what we should be spending our time on. Everybody’s desperate, please, for those 65,000. This is what’s wrong with our democracy. The American people should decide. So they’re saying that they can only have ten people on each night. Why? So have 12 people on. Have 11 people on. Why should it make such a big difference,” Williamson pleaded.
Having debates on sequential nights equally and randomly divided in two groups of 10 was by design, as the DNC was determined to avoid the controversial varsity and junior varsity debates the RNC held for its extremely large field of candidates in 2016.
The DNC also wanted to appear more inclusive and open to grassroots candidates, after the party was slammed in the 2016 cycle for trying to stack the deck for eventual nominee Hillary Clinton at the expense of upstart Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
“If the DNC had not put their finger on the scales and let the people decide, and everybody had felt very clearly that whether it was Hillary or Bernie, that it was the people who had truly decided, then I think the Democrats would have one because so many people wouldn’t have stayed home,” Williamson said.
And she hoped that the DNC’s “not going to run those same kind of games this time, and this doesn’t bode well that this is happening now, with the 65,000 and these other shenanigans.”
Pointing to the national party committee’s role in organizing the debates, Williamson asked “why are guys even in there…I hope that this process will be genuinely democratic. Let the people decide.”
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The legislation would lift an existing state restriction on revealing an individual’s tax returns. It says the state Commissioner of Taxation and Finance shall release those returns if requested by the House Ways and Means Committee, Finance Committee, or Joint Committee on Taxation.
Earlier versions of bills in the New York State Senate and Assembly allowed for the request of any New Yorker’s tax returns, but on Wednesday, amendments passed that narrowed the scope to tax returns of certain officials including the president, vice president, members of Congress representing New York, and others.
If Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the bill into law, Congress would be able to request someone’s individual’s tax returns from any year, as well as business tax returns for entities in which they have at least a ten percent voting share.
While it does not mention Trump or anyone else specifically, the legislation would make his tax returns, as well as the Trump Organization’s returns, up for grabs. Cuomo said in the past that he would support a bill like this as long as it applies to everyone, but he will look over the details before making a final decision.
When it first when through the state Senate, New York Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox slammed the bill, describing it as an illegal bill of attainder, meaning it improperly singles out an individual for punishment.
“The Democratic legislature and Governor Cuomo are suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome and playing politics at the expense of doing the people’s business,” he said in a statement to Fox News.
Democrats, including the bill’s sponsor, State Sen. Brad Hoylman, and House Judiciary Committee Leader Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., specifically mentioned Trump in reference to the legislation. Nadler called it “a workaround to a White House that continues to obstruct and stonewall the legitimate oversight work of Congress.”
Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas said Tuesday that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig should be jailed or fined for resisting congressional subpoenas for President Trump’s tax returns.
The original version of the bill drafted earlier said that the chair of the requesting committee must certify that the request is for a legitimate legislative purpose.
When Mnuchin denied a request for Trump’s federal tax returns, he said the request failed to meet that standard. The amendment that passed Wednesday removed that language, instead saying that it is “related to, and in furtherance of, a legitimate task of the Congress.”
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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The 4-month-old female died instantly when “a solid metal guillotine door” fell on the pup, Zoo Miami said in a statement. The accident occurred during a “routine transfer of the pack,” which included the pup’s parents and four siblings.
“For an as of yet unknown reason, a cable that supported a solid metal guillotine door separated and the door then fell on the animal causing instant death,” the zoo said. The guillotine doors allow zoo staff to remotely regulate the animals’ access to holding areas and exhibit the habitat.
She was one of five puppies — four females and one male — born at the zoo in January.
The species, also known as the African wild dog or Cape hunting dog, are native to the sub-Saharan regions of Africa, according to National Geographic. The animal’s fur features patches of red, black, brown, white and yellow. Unlike other canines, the dog has four toes on each foot instead of five and rounded ears.
Only about 6,000 of the animals remain in the wild, according to the African Wildlife Foundation.
Zoo officials have launched an investigation to find out what caused the “equipment failure.”
“Initial indications are that the cable itself snapped,” zoo spokesman Ron Magill told the Miami Herald. “Now, we just need to find out why.”
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Embattled attorney Michael Avenatti was charged by federal prosecutors in New York Wednesday with defrauding adult-film star Stormy Daniels, the client who propelled Avenatti into the national spotlight.
Avenatti, 48, faces one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. He faces up to 22 years in prison if convicted of those charges.
According to prosecutors, Avenatti stole “a significant portion” of an advance Daniels was supposed to receive from a book deal by sending a doctored letter with Daniels’ signature to her literary agent that instructed the agent to divert the money to an account controlled by Avenatti. The lawyer then spent the money — $148,750 — “on airfare, hotels, car services, restaurants and meal delivery, online retailers, payroll for his law firm and another business he owned, and insurance.”
The indictment says that after Daniels asked Avenatti why she had not received the money, Avenatti falsely claimed he was still trying to extract the payment from the publisher. Weeks later, the lawyer allegedly “used funds recently received from another source” to pay Daniels the money she was owed.
“Michael Avenatti abused and violated the core duty of an attorney – the duty to his client,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement. “As alleged, he used his position of trust to steal an advance on the client’s book deal. As alleged, he blatantly lied to and stole from his client to maintain his extravagant lifestyle, including to pay for, among other things, a monthly car payment on a Ferrari. Far from zealously representing his client, Avenatti, as alleged, instead engaged in outright deception and theft, victimizing rather than advocating for his client.”
In an emailed statement to Fox News, Avenatti said: “I look forward to a jury hearing all of the evidence and passing judgment on my conduct. At no time was any money misappropriated or mishandled. I will be fully exonerated once the relevant emails, contracts, text messages, and documents are presented.”
Avenatti also tweeted a defense of his conduct toward Daniels, writing: “No monies relating to Ms. Daniels were ever misappropriated or mishandled. She received millions of dollars worth of legal services and we spent huge sums in expenses. She directly paid only $100.00 for all that she received. I look forward to a jury hearing the evidence.”
Avenatti rocketed to fame representing Daniels when she sued to be released from a non-disclosure agreement involving an alleged tryst with President Donald Trump.
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Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, suggested Wednesday that his party kept losing elections — and subsequently judicial confirmation battles — because it wasn’t being aggressive enough in challenging its opponents.
Ryan, a 2020 presidential candidate, told MSNBC that while the party needed to push legislative support for abortion, it could only do so much without taking congressional seats. “We keep playing defense all the time on all of these issues and in all of these states and in the federal government,” he said.
“We now have the federal courts peppered with conservative pro-life justices. The Supreme Court is a conservative pro-life court. We’ve got to start moving in the right direction here politically and getting elected so that we appoint the judges and we win elections in these states.”
He was responding to MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle, who asked if he had a plan for protecting abortion access. Their conversation came just after fellow contenders — Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas — released their own plans for protecting abortion access.
Abortion became a prominent issue in the 2020 race when several states passed controversial restrictions on access — teeing up a legal battle the Supreme Court could use to overturn major abortion precedent.
President Trump’s judicial agenda has received praise from pro-life advocates while Democrats have fiercely opposed Trump’s judicial nominees — in particular, Justice Bret Kavanaugh — and attempted to strike a deal with the president over the Ninth Circuit.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, blasted Trump’s choice to nominate Dan Collins, whom the Senate approved on Tuesday, citing his “history of undermining civil and reproductive rights.”
In a statement provided to Fox News, Judicial Crisis Network Chief Counsel Carrie Severino praised Collins but noted “Democrat obstruction” as a hurdle to his confirmation.
“Dan Collins had to run the all-too-familiar gauntlet of unprincipled Democrat obstruction but came out a winner. He will be another exceptional addition to the court, protecting the rule of law and helping bring the Ninth Circuit into the legal mainstream,” she said.
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She loved her dog to death. Both of their deaths.
Emma, a Shih Tzu mix, was brought to the Chesterfield Animal Shelter on March 8 after her unidentified owner was found dead in her home early that day, Elizabeth Caroon, the public information coordinator with the Chesterfield County Police, told Fox News.
Several days later, on March 22, the executor of the owner’s estate arrived at the shelter to retrieve the dog after being left with explicit instructions that the dog be euthanized and laid to rest with the dead woman, WWBT reported.
“We did suggest they could sign the dog over on numerous occasions, because it’s a dog we could easily find a home for her and re-home,” shelter manager Carrie Jones told the local station.
Caroon told Fox News that despite multiple pleas by shelter staff to rehome the dog, Emma was ultimately retrieved by the executor.
The dog was reportedly taken to a local vet’s office where it was euthanized. The remains were cremated, placed in an urn and returned to the legal owner of the woman’s property, WWBT reported.
Caroon said that police did not know if the animal ended up being buried with its owner but the legality of this under Virginia law seems unlikely.
“Permitting the interment of a pet in the same grave, crypt, or niche as the remains of a human” is prohibited under VAC 47-20-190 and no private company may “engage in the business of a cemetery company in the Commonwealth without first being issued a license by the board.”
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A New Jersey police officer could spend the rest of his life behind bars after being charged with shooting and killing a driver and wounding a passenger during a wild chase that was all caught on video.
Jovanny Crespo of the Newark Police Department was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on six counts related to the late January death of Gregory Griffin, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said. The announcement coincided with the release of a dramatic bodycam video of the fatal police pursuit, showing the 26-year-old officer firing off numerous rounds into the car Griffin was driving.
“It is the state’s position that this officer’s conduct that night was criminal,” acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens said. “He showed a reckless disregard for human life by shooting into a moving vehicle, a vehicle which had heavily tinted windows. This is the first fatal police-involved shooting to result in an indictment in Essex County in recent memory.”
Investigators say the Jan. 28 incident began after a female Newark police officer pulled over Griffin’s car in a traffic stop. They say he sped off and the officer “radioed… that she saw a gun,” which “led to a pursuit involving a number of police cars.”
Crespo’s bodycam footage starts with him riding in the passenger seat of a police cruiser, repeatedly demanding the driver to “cut in front” of Griffin’s black car.
Crespo then hops out as Griffin pulls into an intersection, firing off several rounds at the vehicle while saying “get out of the car”. But Griffin takes off again and Crespo re-enters the police cruiser, and is heard breathing heavily as his driver revs the engine in pursuit.
“I shot at him, bro,” Crespo says to the driver. He then resumes giving instructions to the driver, who tells him to “relax”. At one point, the now-agitated driver yells at Crespo to stay inside the car as he tries to open his passenger door and engage Griffin a second time.
Yet at another intersection, Crespo appears to ignore the driver’s command. The footage shows him jumping out of the car and firing off more rounds at Griffin’s vehicle, which once again speeds off.
“Bro, he pointed the gun right at me,” Crespo tells the driver after getting back inside his police car.
The chase ends with Crespo leaving his police cruiser a third time to approach Griffin, now stopped in the middle of a street.
“Stop the car!” Crespo is heard saying as Griffin’s vehicle – with its passenger door slightly open – begins moving again. Crespo fires off multiple rounds at the car and other officers swarm it, pulling out 35-year-old passenger Andrew Dixon, who sustained serious injuries. Griffin, behind the wheel, remained motionless.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office says both men were shot in the head during the pursuit and Griffin, 46, died at a hospital the following day. No officers were injured during the incident and Crespo was the only one to discharge his weapon, they added.
In the bodycam footage, Crespo is heard telling his colleagues “I shot him in the head” and “I shot both of them.”
The New Jersey Attorney General’s use of force policy states that officers are only allowed to use deadly force to prevent the escape of a fleeing suspect if it is determined that the suspect “will pose an imminent danger of death of serious bodily harm should the escape succeed.” The policy also says officers can only use deadly force in those conditions if it “presents no substantial risk of injury to innocent persons.”
Crespo was taken into custody Tuesday being charged with aggravated manslaughter, aggravated assault, two counts of Possession of Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and two counts of Official Misconduct – and faces life in prison if convicted on all counts. He has been suspended without pay and is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday or Thursday.
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