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Wisconsin Senate Democratic Minority Leader Janet Bewley was involved in a fatal car crash on Friday that left a mother from Pennsylvania and her young daughter dead.

The accident occurred when Bewley, 70, pulled out of the Maslowski beach parking lot in Ashland and into the path of a car driven by Alyssa Ortman, 27, according to the Ashland Police Department.

When Ortman’s car collided with Bewley’s at 12.30pm on Friday, it spun across Highway 2 and was hit by another vehicle.

Ortman’s 5-year-old daughter, Khali, was pronounced dead at the scene. Ortman was transported to a nearby hospital where she later died, according to police.

Mere hours after the crash, in a previously scheduled interview, Bewley told a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel intern she had undergone cataract eye surgery the day before.

Khali’s father, Brandon Fink, wrote an emotional Facebook post paying tribute to his daughter, who he described as a ‘hilarious, insanely beautiful, and smart girl that had a drive for life that touched so many.’

‘You lit up my life and gave me an ambition and drive I didn’t know was possible,’ Fink wrote. ‘No matter what we just giggled out way through.. my life feels so empty without these giggles.’

In a post made on Monday afternoon, Fink wrote that Bewley had not reached out to him about the accident.

Ashland Police Chief Bill Hagstrom told the Ashland Daily Press that Bewley wasn’t injured in the crash and State Patrol was reconstructing the scene. No charges have been filed yet.

‘We’ll be sitting down with them and going over everything as far as determining how it all actually happened,’ Hagstrom said. ‘Then we’ll forward everything to the district attorney for their review because it was a fatal accident.’

Authorities have also said they don’t suspect foul play in the accident.

‘There’s nothing suspected as far as alcohol or foul play or anything,’ Hagstrom said.

Ortman was a certified clinal medical assistant and for the past four years worked as an Order entry specialist at Lincare, a company which supplies respiratory-therapy products and services for patients at home.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Bewley fell silent mid-sentence during her phone interview after revealing the cataract surgery she’d received Thursday, just the day before the fatal wreck.

When asked by the interviewer if she was okay, Bewley said she was, but sounded shaken.

‘Yeah, I’m OK,’ she said, ‘This is not a good accident.’

According to the Mayo Clinic and the American Optometric Association, patients are often advised not to drive for at least 24 hours following the procedure, which removes the natural lens of the eye and replaces it with an artificial lens.

Some doctors even suggest not getting behind the wheel until a patient receives the go-ahead in a follow-up appointment.

In a statement about the wreck on Monday, Bewley’s office made no mention of the cataract surgery.

‘This is a heartbreaking event for the community. Our thoughts and prayers are focused on the individuals involved, their families and their loved ones,’ the statement said.

‘Senator Bewley, who was not seriously injured in the accident, wants to thank all the dedicated law enforcement and emergency medical personnel who helped in the aftermath of the accident.’

Bewley, a member of the Senate since 2015, is not seeking reelection.

Khali’s father said on Monday that Bewley had not contacted him after the incident.

‘Wow… my daughter was taken from me after a US Senator, Janet Bewley for Wisconsin, hit her and her mother into traffic and to their demise. Hasn’t even reached out… great people we elect,’ Fink wrote on Facebook.

In an emotional post on Facebook, Fink said: ‘Nothing will make this ok. Nothing will make me feel better and no I don’t need anything.

‘I was supposed to get my daughter home here, at her house and be hearing silly stories about vacation.. instead I got calls from the funeral home… I turn on the Switch and a game of Mario Smash bros pops up mid battle that I will never get let you win.

‘I see the purse you got from Aunt Annie, half colored that you’ll never get to complete… and I see our Daddy Pig painting half finished that you will never get to complete and sit beside the Peppa Painting we did together so we’d have the Daddy and Daughter Pig.’

He added: ‘You were/are just so incredible little Khali, Daddy misses you so flippen much and I just cant believe you were taken from me, we had so much planned and started that’s it’s so unfair you will never get to finish.. this just can’t be real.’

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  • Tamirose170 says:

    Hopefully they took tubes of her blood; as I’ll bet she STILL had some anesthesia in her system. She might have showed up for the surgery at 9 am but not had it until noon; so she shouldn’t have been driving at noon am the following day – as it wasn’t 24 hr since the sedation was induced into her system and for her to metabolize it fully – – Quick get the Medical Records, before they change/bury them like a Hunter Biden laptop.
    Also, her vision has changed DRASTICALLY and then the exhausting & daunting process of putting antibiotic AND steroid eye drops into the surgical eye 10x per day is exhausting and causes sleep deprivation for the first week or two. My deepest sympathies for the Father & Grandparents; such a tragic, unnecessary loss they have incurred by a person that only thinks of themselves. Bewley could have had a friend drive or called a damn limo/taxi/Uber. Her lack of following Basic, Common Medical Advice that is written on ALL post-op paperwork and every prescription, devastated those families. I don’t know how she will live with herself knowing that she was 100% responsible for their deaths. IF she hadn’t pulled out into traffic from the Beach parking lot directly INTO the path of Ortman’s vehicle (as the article states) – they would be alive. Now can we get an accurate reliable and ethical Investigation done, that’s the question of the day?

  • PJ says:

    guarantee that in most incidents of a fatality I thought blood alcohol would be given.

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    “We will be out most of the night trying to figure out who these individuals are in the vehicle,” Taylor added.

    Authorities found an undisclosed amount of marijuana at the scene, and Taylor said police have theorized that there may have been sales going on at the time of the shooting. “Whether that is significant or related to this is unknown.”

    According to a Monday afternoon press conference, four officers were on the scene just one minute after the calls came in reporting the shooting — and they were able to locate three victims and have them transported to local hospitals. The remaining victims were transported to the hospital in personal vehicles after reportedly suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

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    Surveillance video from a nearby location caught audio of the shots as they rang out on Monday afternoon.

    Gun control advocates quickly attempted to tie the shooting — which police believe was related to the drug dealing that was allegedly happening at the scene — to efforts by Republicans in the Florida legislature allow residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

    Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) tweeted, “My heart aches for the victims, families and whole community. America, esp. FLA, endures too many mass shootings. But don’t miss this sick reality: as Lakeland copes w/ this tragedy, @GovRonDeSantis and @TheFLGOP announced plans to put more guns in hands of untrained residents.”

    “Gun violence is the leading cause of death for children in America. In #Lakeland, children had just exited their school bus nearby before this shooting. Turning #Florida into the Wild West will lead to more death and tragedy. Tell state lawmakers we want safer communities!” Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-FL) added.

    Congressman Ritchie Torres (D-NY) weighed in as well, saying, “JUST NOW: A mass shooting in Lakeland, Florida has left 10 people injured. Yet Ron DeSantis wants people to freely carry firearms without a permit, which will cause even more guns to fall into the hands of even more mass shooters.”

    House Bill 543 was introduced in the Florida House on Monday, and would allow legal owners to carry a concealed firearm without applying for a specific concealed-carry permit.

    “The background checks, the requirements all the same. It’ll be the same honest people and the other states that have done this have had no problems. So that’s why we’re all excited about seeing this happen,” AW Peterson Gun Shop owner Carey Baker said.

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    Thieves Are Stealing Millions in California Food Stamp Dollars Every Month. Here’s How

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    Millions of dollars are stolen from Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards every month in California due to a lack of basic security features, leaving low-income recipients without funds and unable to pay for their groceries, CalMatters reported Monday.

    California offers food aid to 2.8 million families a year through the service, according to CalMatters. The cards are vulnerable to theft due to a lack of security chips, which prevent thieves from utilizing “skimming” devices to copy card numbers and illegally withdraw funds.

    The state has reported $29.7 million in cash welfare and nearly $5 million in food aid stolen from low-income residents since July 2021, according to the outlet. Last June, California implemented three-digit ‘CVV’ codes for the cards, yet theft continues to rise.

    In order to address the surging thefts, California has proposed to spend $50 million in 2024 to bolster the cards’ security features. The situation is now a state and national concern, with numerous cases of thefts that left many low-income families without cash and food benefits, according to CalMatters.

    The California Department of Social Services estimates $8 million in monthly EBT card theft for the next fiscal year, up from $6 million, as reported by CalMatters. Without proper security features, scammers can easily install hidden cameras to retrieve PIN numbers, according to the department.

    In all this, taxpayers are the ones to pay back all the victims’ reimbursements for theft, according to CalMatters. In December, a congressional spending bill was passed that allowed for theft victims to seek reimbursement through federal funds.

    California plans to help the victims by allowing them to reach out to the card company with less scrutiny so that the process to get the reimbursement and a new card become easier, according to CalMatters.

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    Alec Baldwin to Be Formally Charged Tuesday in Shooting Death of Cinematographer

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    Alec Baldwin will reportedly be charged with involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

    In October 2021, Baldwin fired a prop gun that contained live ammunition on the set of the film “Rust” which killed Hutchins, 42, and injured director Joel Souza, 49.

    Earlier this month, criminal charges against Baldwin, along with the film’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, were announced but not officially filed.

    If convicted, Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed face up to five years in prison.

    David Halls, the film’s assistant director took a misdemeanor plea deal for handing the loaded gun to Baldwin.

    According to the New York Post, prosecutors will make the charging documents, the probable cause statement, and Halls’ plea agreement public on Tuesday.

    A spokesperson for First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies’ office in Santa Fe, New Mexico said, “The District Attorney and the special prosecutor are fully focused on securing justice for Halyna Hutchins. The evidence and the facts speak for themselves.”

    Special prosecutor Andrea Reeb said earlier this month, “If any one of these three people; Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, or David Halls had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today. It’s that simple.”

    New Mexico’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau fined Rust Movie Productions $136,793, the maximum possible fine in April 2022 and issued a “scathing narrative of safety failures in violation of standard industry protocols,” which included testimony that the production’s managers took little to no action to address two previous misfires leading up to the fatal shooting.

    The agency also documented numerous gun safety complaints from crew members that they say went unnoticed and said that weapons specialists were not allowed to make decisions regarding additional safety training.

    Gutierrez-Reed previously had a number of complaints lodged against her in regard to concerns over her careless handling of weapons. She and her assistants had been allegedly irresponsible with weapons on the set of Rust and Hutchins had reportedly been advocating for safer conditions for her team.

    Baldwin had said in a 2021 interview with George Stephanopoulos that he “didn’t pull the trigger,” but an FBI analysis concluded that he did and in 2022 settled with Hutchins’ family in a wrongful death suit.

    The “30 Rock” star sued several crew members of the film for recklessness and dereliction of duty in November 2022 and named Gutierrez-Reed, Halls, Prop Master Sarah Zachry, and gun supplier Seth Kenney.

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    Democrats Vow to Audit Durham Based on New York Times’ Anonymous Sources

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    A Democrat-led U.S. Senate committee is alleging that former President Donald Trump weaponized the Department of Justice—based on a New York Times report citing anonymous sources—and is vowing to examine former special counsel John Durham’s inquiry for misconduct.

    Durham had been evaluating the alleged mismanagement by law enforcement and intelligence agencies of the Trump-Russia investigation after being appointed by former Attorney General Bill Barr.

    “These reports about abuses in Special Counsel Durham’s investigation—so outrageous that even his longtime colleagues quit in protest—are but one of many instances where former President Trump and his allies weaponized the Justice Department,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) alleged in an online statement.

    Durbin was reacting to a Jan. 26 New York Times report accusing Durham of failing to bring charges against Trump based on information from Italian officers that alleged suspicious financial dealings.

    “As we wait for the results of ongoing internal reviews, the Senate Judiciary Committee will do its part and take a hard look at these repeated episodes, and the regulations and policies that enabled them, to ensure such abuses of power cannot happen again,” Durbin added.

    The New York Times, however, admits that allegations in the report lack sources who are willing to talk on the record.

    “The current and former officials who discussed the investigation all spoke on the condition of anonymity,” the report states.

    The report was released after the U.S. House of Representatives approved the formation of the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, in which Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has already launched an investigation into the use of federal law enforcement and national security agencies against conservatives.

    The New York Times report further accused Durham of using Russian intelligence documents to delve into the emails of a George Soros assistant and alleges that Durham’s aide, Nora Dannehy, resigned in 2020 over questions about prosecutorial ethics concerning Michael Sussmann who was the lawyer representing Democrats during the probe into Trump’s alleged link to Russia.

    “Mr. Durham used grand jury powers to keep pursuing the emails even after a judge twice rejected his request for access to them,” the report alleges. “The emails yielded no evidence that Mr. Durham has cited in any case he pursued.”

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    Gov. Abbott Announces Texas’ First-Ever Border Czar to Counter Biden Admin’s Failings

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    Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday announced the state’s first-ever border czar to address the influx of migrants coming through the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Abbott tapped veteran Border Patrol agent Mike Banks to serve as “special adviser on border matters to the governor,” in response to the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis.

    “For nearly two years, the state of Texas has taken unprecedented, historic action under Operation Lone Star in response to the Biden administration’s refusal to secure the border,” Abbott said at a news conference on a border wall construction site in San Benito, Texas. “To continue doing what no other state in the history of our country has done to secure the border, I hired Mike Banks as the state of Texas’ first-ever border czar.”

    “As an award-winning Border Patrol agent, with decades of federal law enforcement and border security experience, Mike is the perfect choice to oversee Texas’ fight against the surge of illegal immigration, lethal drugs, and deadly weapons flowing into our state and nation,” the governor continued. “I have no doubt that Mike’s strong record of leadership and wealth of experience will provide Texans — and Americans — the level of border security expertise they deserve from a proper border czar.”

    Banks, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steve McCraw and Texas Military Department (TMD) Maj. Gen. Thomas Suelzer were present for Abbott’s announcement.

    “I am humbled to be selected by Governor Abbott for this opportunity,” Banks said. “Protecting our nation’s border is something I have dedicated the last 23 years of my life to, and I am very passionate about it. I look forward to strengthening our relationships with law enforcement partners and the community, leveraging all that we can to further protect our great state of Texas and the United States.”

    The new Texas border czar is expected to collaborate daily with DPS, TMD and other state agencies, local officials and Texas landowners to deter and prevent migrants from entering Texas illegally through the Mexico border. He also is expected to advise Abbott on situations and strategies at the border, including plans to address migrant surges. He will be based out of Weslaco and travel along the border when necessary.

    Banks has more than 30 years of federal law enforcement leadership experience, including 23 years in border security operations and administration along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Abbott has been highly critical of the Biden administration for its handling of the border, which has seen record numbers of illegal crossings since the president took office in January 2021.

    In response to what he’s described as the federal government’s inaction on border security, the governor has launched several initiatives aimed at addressing the border crisis, including sending buses of migrants to sanctuary cities like Washington, D.C., and New York City, allocating $4 billion in funding for Texas’ border security efforts and deploying thousands of Texas National Guard soldiers and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers.

    “No governor has dedicated more time, energy, and effort in terms of public safety, homeland security, and border security than Governor Abbott,” McCraw said at Monday’s news conference.

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    Illegal Migrants Refuse to Leave NYC Hotel After City Attempts to Relocate Them

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    A group of illegal migrants, who entered into the U.S. through the southern border, are refusing to leave their free NYC hotel rooms for a migrant shelter in Brooklyn, New York, sleeping in the street to protest.

    The migrants were initially placed at the Watson Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, but their schedule for relocation to a new migrant relief center, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, caused uproar late Sunday night.

    While some migrants left for the new shelter, many refused to vacate the Hell’s Kitchen hotel and rallied outside the building alongside migrant activists. The migrants who were noncompliant in the city’s relocation spent the night outside the hotel and were seen holding their ground into Monday morning.

    Democrat Mayor Eric Adams responded to the situation, affirming that the new facilities were hospitable accommodations and noting the dire need of state and government support amid the ongoing migrant crisis that is impacting the Big Apple.

    “This weekend, we began the process of moving single adult men from the Watson Hotel to Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, as we transition the hotel to meet the large number of asylum-seeking families with children,” Adams said in a statement.

    “More than 42,000 asylum seekers have arrived in New York City since last spring, and we continue to surpass our moral obligations as we provide asylum seekers with shelter, food, health care, education, and a host of other services,” the mayor continued.

    Several migrants who went to the new center immediately turned around and went back to the Watson Hotel, claiming there was a lack of heat and bathroom space at the facility.

    Despite these claims, the city assured that the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal provided the same services for the migrants seeking asylum, including heat and space.

    “The facilities at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will provide the same services as every other humanitarian relief center in the city, and the scheduled relocations to Brooklyn Cruise Terminal this weekend took place as planned. We remain in serious need of support from both our state and federal governments.”

    The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center was scheduled to open after Adams said NYC had reached “its breaking point.” The center, which will close this spring ahead of cruise season, will “provide adult men with a place to stay, access support, and get to their final destination.”

    Illegal migrants are continuing to flood into New York City on a weekly basis, with Adams reporting an average of 400 people each day during one week in January, with 835 asylum seekers arriving on one single day alone earlier this month.

    Adams recently proclaimed the migrant surge at the border a “national crisis” during a visit to El Paso, Texas.

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    Joe Biden to End National Covid Emergency on May 11

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    The Biden administration quietly admitted its plan to end the COVID-19 emergency declarations Monday, three years after the start of the pandemic.

    In a statement of policy from the White House Office of Management and Budget, the White House admitted that it would file one last extension of the national and public health emergency declarations on April 11, then would end both one month later, on May 11. The memo comes in response to two bills in Congress that would force the end of these declarations.

    “The COVID-19 national emergency and public health emergency (PHE) were declared by the Trump Administration in 2020,” OMB said in its statement. “They are currently set to expire on March 1 and April 11, respectively. At present, the Administration’s plan is to extend the emergency declarations to May 11, and then end both emergencies on that date. This wind-down would align with the Administration’s previous commitments to give at least 60 days’ notice prior to termination of the PHE.”

    “To be clear, continuation of these emergency declarations until May 11 does not impose any restriction at all on individual conduct with regard to COVID-19.,” OMB continued. “They do not impose mask mandates or vaccine mandates. They do not restrict school or business operations. They do not require the use of any medicines or tests in response to cases of COVID-19.”

    But the policy was announced in a statement intended to criticize two bills in the House of Representatives that would end the emergency declarations by force. The first, H.R. 382, a.k.a. the ‘‘Pandemic is Over Act,” was introduced by Kentucky Republican Rep. Brett Guthrie; it would terminate the public health emergency. The second, House Joint Resolution 7, was authored by Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar; it would terminate the national emergency.

    In its statement, the White House railed against the two bills. First, the White House claimed that terminating the Declaration would create chaos in the health care system. Ending the public health emergency would jeopardize Medicaid funding given to states by abruptly ending provisions passed by Congress, the OMB memo argued.

    Furthermore, the OMB argued that ending the emergency would create chaos in hospitals and nursing homes by doing away with the flexibilities from the pandemic, disrupting care, delaying payments, and costing facilities money. Ending the emergency would also jeopardize telehealth services, the office claimed.

    Second, the end of the public health emergency will end Title 42. The administration is still trying to end the policy that allows border agents to turn migrants away on an expedited basis, but it was stopped by the Supreme Court. “[I]f H.R. 382
    becomes law and the Title 42 restrictions end precipitously, Congress will effectively be requiring the Administration to allow thousands of migrants per day into the country immediately without the necessary policies in place,” the policy memo argued.

    “The Administration strongly opposes enactment of H.R. 382 and H.J. Res. 7, which would be a grave disservice to the American people,” the OMB concluded.

    The Biden administration has struggled to put forth a consistent message since President Joe Biden declared that “the pandemic is over” in a 60 Minutes interview in September. Last week, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre repeated that the pandemic is not yet over. “COVID isn’t over. We’ve been very clear about that,” Jean-Pierre said at a briefing Tuesday. “Hundreds of Americans are dying every day and cases are increasing right now today. That’s why we take common sense measures like COVID testing ahead of large indoor gatherings at the White House.”

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    Woke Makeup Brand Shares Photo of Bearded Man Wearing Bright Pink Lip Cream

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    NYX Professional Makeup, a L’Oréal brand, shared photos on social media of what appeared to be a bearded man wearing bright pink lip cream.

    Some people responded positively to an Instagram post featuring the abnormal sight, but others were repulsed by the post and NYX’s promotion of left-wing ideology.

    “Men always trying to take the spotlight away from us women. Stay in your own lane,” one person commented.

    “Feminist: Women are just as good as men Also Feminist: Men are women too,” someone else wrote.

    “PLEASE STOP CRAMMING this need to be WOKE down our THROATS!!!!” another comment declared.

    “Stop using men to advertise for women products,” someone declared, adding, “This is disgusting.”

    “Stop canceling women and girls!!!! I’m throwing away all your products. Disgusting!” another comment said.

    “Barf! I’m sorry, but seeing this ruins, any kind of desire for this make up line,” someone noted.

    “So sick of this woke garbage,” another person said.

    “Abhorrent! Stop trying to erase women!” another comment declared.

    “That is disgusting! These ads don’t help you. you are catering to 1% of the population. We don’t like it and will not purchase your product! I am women, hear me roar. This is a man with a beard. Nasty!” another comment read.

    The NYX brand is openly pro-LGBT, noting on its website that it “is a proud ally of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. In 2022, we are dedicated to supporting the center’s services with a $135k+ donation, celebrating the community with colorful products along with the voluntary time and expertise of our makeup artists.”

    The brand has also pushed the leftist gender-bending movement by posting a video that conveys the message, “Makeup has no gender.”

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    Pro-Life Father Arrested by FBI Acquitted on Federal Charges

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    A Catholic pro-life activist facing 11 years in prison for allegedly violating a federal law prohibiting people from blocking others from entering an abortion clinic was acquitted on Monday following a week-long trial.

    Mark Houck leads a nonprofit group that counsels women outside of abortion clinics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was providing sidewalk counseling when, the Department of Justice says, he assaulted an abortion escort twice “because he was a volunteer reproductive health care clinic escort.”

    “Assault is always a serious offense, and under the [Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances] FACE Act, if the victim is targeted because of their association with a reproductive healthcare clinic, it is a federal crime,” U.S. Attorney Jacqueline Romero said in a DOJ press release. “Our Office and the Department of Justice are committed to prosecuting crimes which threaten the safety and rights of all individuals.”

    The FACE Act makes it a federal crime to injure, intimidate, or interfere with anyone due to their status as a provider of reproductive health care.

    Houck and his attorneys at the Thomas More Society argued, however, that this was “a political prosecution” meant to “send a message” to pro-life Americans.

    “And what’s clear from the Department of Justice at its highest levels, which is directing this case, [is] that they are trying to send a message to pro-life and people of faith: ‘Don’t mess with us,’” Thomas More Society vice president Peter Breen told Fox News. “They want to intimidate — they want to cause good people like Mark to stop praying and counseling at the abortion clinics of our country. And that’s not going to happen.”

    Breen told the outlet that the case was thrown out of state court but revived by the Biden administration nearly a year after the incident. Further, Breen said, some 20 FBI agents raided Houck’s home when they arrested him, treating him “as if he was a drug lord or a mafia boss.”

    “If he was truly a danger to the community, they wouldn’t have waited a year to prosecute,” Breen said. “Serious questions need to be asked of the attorney general. What was he thinking? Why did they do this obscene show of force against a peaceful pillar of the community?”

    Houck’s lawyers also argued that the DOJ’s claim that the FACE Act protects anyone associated with an abortion clinic is inaccurate.

    “The FACE Act was never intended to cover disputes between advocates on the public sidewalks outside of our nation’s abortion clinics,” Breen said in a statement earlier this month. “This new evidence shows clearly that Congress intended to limit the FACE Act to patients and staff working in the clinic, and not to take sides between pro-life and pro-choice counselors and escorts on the sidewalk. The Biden Department of Justice’s prosecution of Mark Houck is pure harassment, meant solely to intimidate our nation’s pro-life sidewalk counselors who provide vital resources to help pregnant women at risk for abortion.”

    Houck pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and testified at trial that he and the clinic escort, Bruce Love, had two altercations on the day in question. The first occurred while Houck was counseling two women crossing the street who left Planned Parenthood, Catholic News Agency reported. Love allegedly chased Houck about 100 feet in an attempt to stop him from counseling the women, Life News reported. Houck claimed that Love surprised and made contact with him, causing him to ask, “What are you doing?” and reflexively elbow the escort in the hip to move him out of the way. The prosecution argued that Houck elbowed Love unprovoked because of his status as a clinic escort.

    After this, Houck said Love left the clinic and stood near Houck’s 12-year-old son while taunting Houck Sr., saying, “You’re hurting women. You don’t care about women.”

    Houck said Love also repeatedly disparaged him to his son, who testified on Friday that Love stood about an arm’s length away from him near the clinic.

    “I moved away… because I was scared,” the younger Houck testified, adding that Love told him, “Your dad’s a bad person. Your dad’s harassing women.”

    It was after Houck repeatedly told Love to stop harassing his son that Houck said he pushed Love away.

    The jury deadlocked on Friday after two-and-a-half hours of deliberation, telling U.S. District Judge Gerald Pappert that they didn’t think they could come to a conclusion given more time. Pappert sent the jury home but instructed them to return Monday morning and continue deliberations anyway.

    On Monday, the jury acquitted Houck. Following the verdict, Breen released a statement condemning the Biden administration for pursuing his client.

    “We are, of course, thrilled with the outcome,” Breen said. “Mark and his family are now free of the cloud that the Biden administration threw upon them. We took on Goliath – the full might of the United States government – and won. The jury saw through and rejected the prosecution’s discriminatory case, which was harassment from day one. This is a win for Mark and the entire pro-life movement. The Biden Department of Justice’s intimidation against pro-life people and people of faith has been put in its place.”

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    DOJ Responds To Jim Jordan’s Demands In Biden Docs Probe

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    The Justice Department rejected the House Judiciary Committee’s demand for records about the investigation into President Joe Biden‘s handling of classified materials.

    Assistant Attorney General Carlos Felipe Uriarte issued the agency’s response to a January 13 letter sent by Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), who sought documents and communications underlying the inquiry, including the appointment of a special counsel the lawmakers said had raised “fundamental oversight questions” that are “routinely” examined by their panel.

    Citing “longstanding policy,” Uriarte said the Justice Department is averse to sharing “non-public information” central to an ongoing investigation because doing so “could violate statutory requirements or court orders, reveal roadmaps for our investigations, and interfere with the Department’s ability to gather facts, interview witnesses and bring criminal prosecutions where warranted.”

    Disclosures from active investigations “risk jeopardizing those investigations and creating the appearance that Congress may be exerting improper political pressure or attempting to influence Department decisions in certain cases,” Uriarte added. “Judgments about whether and how to pursue a matter are, and must remain, the exclusive responsibility of the Department.”

    All that really was explained in detail in the new letter was an already-established timeline of events on steps taken after classified materials were first found in November at Biden’s think tank office in Washington, D.C., and later his Wilmington, Delaware, residence. That includes an initial review by U.S. Attorney John Lausch, and, at his recommendation, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointing former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur as special counsel to examine whether “any person or entity violated the law in connection with this matter.”

    The letter, published in full Monday by the Washington Examiner, refrained from directly addressing particular records about the run-up to the special counsel investigation or various records from the Justice Department, FBI, or the White House also sought by Jordan and Johnson. Uriarte said the Justice Department would abide by regulations he cited as reasons for the agency’s limited ability to report to Congress, but he encouraged the GOP lawmakers to contact his office for further assistance.

    “Our Members are rightly concerned about the Justice Department’s double standard here. After all, some of the Biden documents were found at a think tank that has received funds from communist China,” Jordan spokesman Russell Dye said in a statement. “It’s concerning, to say the least, that the Department is more interested in playing politics than cooperating.”

    It remains to be seen whether Republicans in control of the House will escalate the showdown as they gear up for multiple investigations into the Biden administration. Jordan told CNN last week lawmakers are “definitely looking at asking for documents via subpoena.” Among the concerns raised by Jordan and others are the prospect of unauthorized possession of classified materials dating back to Biden’s time as a senator and vice president.

    Frustrations have also been mounting on the Senate side even as Biden’s team insists they are cooperating with the National Archives and Justice Department. Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee left a classified briefing last week in an uproar, with leaders of the panel arguing they were being prevented from performing their congressional oversight duties because the U.S intelligence community refused to show records at the center of the Biden documents scandal as well as records at the heart of a separate special counsel inquiry into former President Donald Trump’s handling of documents.

    Uriarte sent a response to Senate Intelligence Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) and Vice Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL) over the weekend. In that letter, reported by CBS News, Uriarte assured the senators the Justice Department was “working with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to support the provision of information that will satisfy the Committee’s responsibilities without harming the ongoing Special Counsel investigations.”

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    Trump Sues Bob Woodward for Nearly $50M over Release of Interview Recordings

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    Former President Donald Trump is suing journalist Bob Woodward and his publisher for nearly $50 million over the inclusion of audio recordings of an interview the ex commander-in-chief did with the veteran reporter in an audiobook released last year.

    Trump, 76, alleges in the lawsuit filed on Monday that he never agreed for 19 taped interviews conducted for Woodward’s 2020 book “Rage” to be included in the audiobook “The Trump Tapes,” published by Simon & Schuster Inc. last year.

    “This case centers on Mr. Woodward’s systematic usurpation, manipulation, and exploitation of audio of President Trump gathered in connection with a series of interviews conducted by Mr. Woodward,” Trump’s lawyers argue in the 31-page filing.

    The lawsuit claims that Woodward’s “Rage” book flopped compared to his previous Trump book, “Fear,” released in 2018, and in an effort “to exploit, usurp, and capitalize” off of the taped Trump interviews, Woodward decided after the release of “Rage” to package them into a new audiobook.

    “In publishing Rage, Woodward clearly hoped to replicate the success of Fear, but he failed to do so. Faced with the reality that Rage was a complete and total failure, Woodward decided to exploit, usurp, and capitalize upon President Trump’s voice by releasing the Interview Sound Recordings of their interviews with President Trump in the form of an audiobook,” the suit claims.

    “The Defendants’ ongoing concerted efforts to profit off the protected audio recordings and the works they have distributed derived from the protected audio recordings have caused President Trump to sustain substantial damage,” the lawsuit alleges.

    The suit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida, seeks more than $49 million in damages and names Simon & Schuster and its parent company Paramount Global as defendants along with Woodward.

    “The Trump Tapes,” sold more than two million copies at $24.99 apiece, according to CNBC.

    In October, Trump sued CNN for $475 million in punitive damages, alleging defamation and claiming that the network had carried out a “campaign of libel and slander” against him.

    Earlier this month, a Florida judge ordered Trump and his lawyer to pay nearly $1 million in sanctions to cover the legal costs for Hillary Clinton and dozens of other defendants involved in one of the ex-commander in chief’s failed lawsuits alleging a conspiracy to target him for criminal prosecution.

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    ‘B***h, You’re Not Gonna Talk to Me Like That’: 9th-Grade Female Student Viciously Assaults Her Teacher

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    A Georgia school district and sheriff’s office are investigating a student assault on a teacher caught on video Thursday at Heritage High School in Conyers, the Rockdale Citizen reported.

    The attack was recorded from at least two angles and posted to social media. The first video shows a female student hollering in a female teacher’s face inside a classroom: “I don’t give a f*** if you’re an adult or not! You’re not gonna talk to me like that, you dumbass bitch!”

    The teacher tells the student, “Get outta my face, baby.”

    The Citizen reported that the student knocked a cell phone out of the teacher’s hand while the teacher called for assistance.

    The student then is seen pushing or striking the teacher with both hands, and the teacher appears to put her hands up in order to protect herself.

    As the teacher walks away from the student and heads to the door, the student follows her and hollers, “Bitch, you’re not gonna talk to me like that! You’re not gonna talk to me like that!”

    While the teacher is in the hallway, the student attempts to close the door, but the teacher steps back into the doorway, and things escalate.

    “Do not put your hands on me!” the teacher tells the student.

    But the violence spirals out of control as the student repeatedly hits the teacher and grabs the teacher’s hair while the teacher appears to attempt to protect herself; students in the classroom react with hoots and hollers.

    A second video shot from an opposite angle across the hallway shows the teacher and student grappling and then tumbling upon the hallway floor. The student quickly gets on top of the teacher and repeatedly hits her until she’s pulled away.

    The paper said the teacher apparently didn’t strike the student.

    The second video appears to show the teacher’s right leg buckle before she falls; at the end of the second clip, the teacher is heard saying, “My leg’s broken.”

    Here are the videos. Content warning: Language:

    The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office told the paper the teacher was injured and is recovering, and the student — reportedly a ninth-grader — was detained and taken to a juvenile facility.

    A sheriff’s office spokesman added to the paper that law enforcement is “actively investigating this incident. Once there is a decision to charge either party, RCSO will take the proper steps.”

    Rockdale County Public Schools issued the following statement Thursday evening, the paper said: “Rockdale County Public Schools is investigating an incident where a student allegedly attacked a teacher during class today. RCPS does not tolerate student violence towards any staff members. Students who harm other students or staff will be disciplined according to our Student Discipline Code of Conduct and will be appropriately charged by law enforcement. We will adhere to personnel and student privacy laws in this matter.”

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