United States Federal Government Could Follow Huawei Ban With Hikvision Blacklist

Just last month, in April 2019, the United States federal government enacted regulations that prevented government agencies and government-funded entities from purchasing any and all products from the Chinese electronic and telecommunication giants Huawei and ZTE.

Further, last week, the United States Department of Commerce prevented Huawei, formally known as Huawei Technologies, from being able to purchase goods from the United States.

Although United States citizens, residents, businesses, and organizations can still readily purchase goods that are either manufactured by Huawei or ZTE either directly from either of the two companies or from second-hand sellers, Huawei and ZTE both are adamantly against the U.S. legislation, which has caused U.S.-based non-government buyers to begin switching to other brands of electronics. Recently, Huawei sued the United States federal government in response to the bans, alleging that it did not go through with due process in determining that the company’s interests were inherently against that of the U.S. government.

According to recent reports from The New York Times, the Trump administration could be on the verge of restricting Hikvision, yet another Chinese company, from purchasing technology from companies based in the United States.

Hikvision, formally known as Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd., is a video surveillance equipment supplier and manufacturer that was founded in 2001. All controlling, voting shares of the company are owned by the government of the People’s Republic of China. As such, the U.S. federal government likely considers Hikvision’s interests as inherently being in line with those of the Chinese government.

The New York Times reported yesterday, Tuesday, May 21, that the U.S. federal government is contemplating placing Hikvision on a blacklist that would effectively require companies in the United States to apply with the U.S. Commerce Department in order to sell goods to Hikvision, which currently purchases a large volume of silicon-based computer chips from U.S. manufacturers and suppliers.

One of the reasons why the Trump administration is thought to be against doing business with Hikvision is because of China’s social credit program, through which the government widely surveils its population through a vast network of cameras that employ facial-recognition technology to keep up with what its citizens do. Another reason, of course, is that the U.S. is deeply locked in a trade war with China and wants to further establish its upper hand in the two countries’ relations.

Virginia Governor Northam’s Racial Photo Investigation Completed By Law Firm

Earlier this year, headlines broke around the country after a report came out of Ralph Northam being identified in a yearbook as a man in blackface standing aside a fellow student who was decked in white robes indicative of Ku Klux Klan membership. The picture of Ralph Northam, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, was published back in 1984 in the Eastern Virginia Medical School’s 1984 yearbook.

Just earlier today, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, McGuireWoods, a law firm hired by Eastern Virginia Medical School to conduct an investigation into just how the racist photo found its way into the school-approved publication, announced that it had completed its inquiry.

The results, according to both Eastern Virginia Medical School and McGuireWoods, are slated to be released to the public tomorrow, on Wednesday, May 22.

Although some amount of people, which is obviously unknown, saw the picture of then-recent graduate Ralph Northam in the 1984 yearbook, the Virginia Governor didn’t start receiving widespread flak for his involvement in the racist picture until Feb. 2019, when a conservative-learning web page published a photograph of the two men standing beside one another, taken directly from the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook.

Shortly after buzz began building up as a result of the post, Democratic Virginia Governor Northam published a pair of apologies, taking the form of a social media post and a formal press release. He did, in fact, ‘fess up as one of the two men pictured in the yearbook picture.

Within a day of the Governor publishing the two apologies, countless politicians and political groups, including the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, called on Northam to resign.

Northam hasn’t since resigned. As a matter of fact, just one day after he published the pair of apologies, Northam shared with the world via an in-person press conference in the state’s capital that he felt convinced that he was not either of the men presented in the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook’s racially-themed picture.

Shortly after news of his alleged depiction in the picture broke in Feb. 2019, Northam essentially became a recluse, not making any public appearances for nearly two months, though he’d begin showing his face around the state of Virginia at official public appearances in April 2019.

Fortunately for Northam, two other public scandals involving members of Virginia’s state legislature, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring, took some of the spotlight off of the Governor. These two scandals broke headlines just a few days after Northam’s scandal broke.

Deutsche Bank Employees Smelled Dirty Money In Kushner And Trump’s Account in 2016

George Conway shot a couple of zinging-tweets at Trump, again. Conway told Barr his Roy Cohn un-legal attitude has to stop. Trump thinks Barr is his new Cohn. He needs a legal protector to help him take the heat off until the election. opened an insane investigation. The FBI is his target. Mr. Barr thinks Trump is right when he claims the FBI wanted to screw with his campaign, in 2016. Barr should know that’s not true. But he’s in some sort of Roy Cohn cross-legal-boundaries-frame of mind, according to the New York Times.

Trump wants to hang the FBI villains who were trying to find out why Russian businessmen supplied the Trumpster with a couple of local girls in 2015. The girls did the kind of kinky stuff in those porn publications.

Mr. Trump’s Republican army of lawmaking general seems to have a few cracks in the ranks. Congressman Justin Amash, the Republican congressman from Michigan, got on Trump’s loser list when he told the press Trump needs a good impeachment spanking.

Mike Pence acted like he knew he would beat the odds and not have a group of protesters in the audience when he gave the commencement speech at Taylor University. But Taylor wasn’t that happy to see him. Some students and faculty members decided to give Pence the Christian bird before they walked out. They didn’t want Pence acting like he’s a good Christian when he commits unchristian-like acts every day. And they didn’t want Pence to go into that Trump pep talk mode of his. But most of the people stayed and suffered through Mr. Blue Suit’s version of the world according to the Trumpster.

The president decided to put the pressure on China. Mr. Trump thinks the Chinese will bend and sign his one-sided agreement. President Xi is in no mood for another Trump problem. The Iran mess, and the way Trump treated Kim Jon Un doesn’t sit well with Xi. He knows Trump must make a deal before the election.

Anti-Money Laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank wanted the bank to report the Trump and Kushner money-laundering activity they thought they discovered in 2016 and 2017. Some of the transactions involved Trump’s ruling-breaking foundation, and the Kushner transactions were cash deals from Russians.

The computers blew up when Trump and Kushner related accounts had money-laundering written all over them. But the executives at the New York branch of Deutsche Bank didn’t report the accounts to the Treasury Department. Trump owned the bank a lot of money.

Bill Barr Laughs About His Fabulist Tendencies

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Salman decided to throw his two cents into the Iran debacle. Prince Salman claims the Houthis attacked Saudi ships with drones. Iran gave the Houthis that mission, according to the prince.

It’s no surprise the Saudi Prince Salman would want to rumble with Tehran. He’s Jared Kushner’s party buddy, and Trump likes the color of Saudi money. Instead of lowering the heat in the Middle East, Prince Salman set the area on fire. Trump keeps telling the press, “I hope not” when they ask him if he will send Bolton his tweet of approval so war-happy Bolton can shoot off a few missiles before Congress shuts him down.

Mr. Trump screwed the Chinese pooch when he told Huawei they can’t do business in the United States. Mt. Trump tried to get his negotiating team to stop Chinese tech companies from making Silicon Valley look stupid. China’s 5G technology is more advanced. Trump wants to stop them from controlling the global 5G network.

China told Trump to keep Bob Lighthizer home. The Chinese need some space away from Trump. When he blocked Huawei from doing business, President Xi had to act. Xi still hasn’t got over how Trump disrespected Kim Jon Un in Hanoi. The Chinese press said Xi Jinping wouldn’t let Trump do that to him. He might sell bigger chunks of America’s debt. Plus, China is in no hurry to make a deal. They know Trump has to make a deal before the election. That means the farmers suffer until Trump leaves office.

Mr. Trump wants to give farmers another $15 billion and a big “take one for the kipper” speech. Mitch McConnell keeps warning Trump about tariffs. Hitler had a tariff addiction too, and everyone knows how that ended.

Republican and Democratic senators who saw and heard Jared Kushner make an ass out of himself know Jared is in over his head. Kushner’s Middle East peace program never made it to first base with the Palestinians. The Palestinians don’t want Trump to build a Trump Tower on the West Bank.

Bill Barr seems to enjoy his position as Trump’s legal bodyguard. Congress thinks Bill lied when he said he didn’t know if Mueller thought his summary was a smoke screen. But Bob sent Bill a letter before Barr talked to Congress. Bob told Barr he needs therapy. Barr’s still laughing at Congress. He knows Trump has his Six.

DNA Testing at the Border for Family Confirmation

Migrant families get arrested at our border with Mexico on a daily basis. What has come to issue is that a large percentage of those families weren’t families at all. According to Time.com, a “staggering increase” has been seen in the number of adults traveling with minor children who aren’t their children. Over five days, rapid two hour DNA testing was performed on immigrant adults and children who arrived at the border of Mexico and the United States. Results revealed that 30% of those adults who arrived at the border with children were not the parents of the children who accompanied them. The children had been misrepresented as family members.

Initially, authorities and social organizations were confused. They were concerned that some of the children might be adopted children or step-children. In some cases, when adults were told that they would be required to submit to DNA testing, they freely admitted that the children with them were not their children. Time.com has reported that cases of fake children have increased by 315% from October 2017 to February pf 2018. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reported that migrants are apparently taking advantage of laws that prohibit it from detaining migrant families for more than 20 days. The purported families are then set free.

The five days of testing operated as a pilot program in the Texas cities of McAllen and El Paso. The DHS will be evaluating the results of the program in determining whether it further DNA testing will be used in future border protection measures. The agency has not commented publicly on its intentions.

The American Civil Liberties Union has called the DNA collection program “an attempt by the government to intimidate and deter asylum seekers.” It called forced DNA collection “coercive and intrusive.” On the positive side, the DNA testing did verify many family relationships when the DHS was unable to do so.

North Carolina Files Lawsuit Against Juul

Juul Labs, Inc., better known simply as Juul, is one of the most popular manufacturers of e-cigarettes in the United States. The company, which divested its operations from parent company Pax Labs two years ago, also manufactures cartridges that contain nicotine salts, flavoring, and propylene glycol.

Juul’s e-cigarettes have become particularly popular among people under the age of 18, especially those who are attending school across the United States. This is because Juul e-cigarettes are so sleek and easy to hide. Further, they look much like USB drives, further concealing them from teachers’ and administrators’ eyes.

As such, backlash has been voiced by parents, school officials, and others throughout the past two years.

North Carolina just yesterday became the first state to file a formal lawsuit against Juul Labs, Inc.

Attorney General Josh Stein, the attorney general of North Carolina, was ultimately the one who formally filed the lawsuit, claiming that Juul Labs, Inc., was directly responsible for not adhering to the rules and guidelines set forth by the state’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Attorney General Stein alleges that Juul violated the Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act by wrongly representing the potential dangers of nicotine in all of its e-cigarette products.

Stein further went on to say that Juul knowingly crafted and advertised its products in a manner that was designed specifically to generate interest among high schoolers and even younger kids, all of whom are not old enough to buy tobacco legally in the United States.

In a tweet from the state’s official Twitter account for its Attorney General, which can be found at @NCAGO, the agency alleged that Juul is responsible for having purposefully targeted people under the age of 2018 and misled them about the potential risks of using its e-cigarettes.

One of the changes that the North Carolina Attorney General has asked Juul to adopt is restricting the variety of vape juice flavors that it currently sells. Mango, which is currently one of the most popular flavors among Juul users in the United States, is a very fruity flavor that has widely appealed to young people across the nation.

Further, Attorney General Josh Stein asked Juul to get rid of all of its stores of consumer information in which the company’s directors are unable to confirm that they are at least 18 years of age. Stein also wants Juul to stop doing business with minors in the state.

The City of San Francisco Ban the Use of Facial Recognition System by the Police

Facing potential abuse from government agencies and the police, the city of San Francisco has banned the use of facial recognition software by these groups. This is despite the city being the heart of technology revolution considering that Silicon Valley is found in San Francisco. Police in the United States are increasingly using the technology to find big time crooks as well as small time crooks. This makes San Francisco the first American city to ban the technology. This ban was made possible by a board of supervisors with the vote coming down to eight people favoring the ban against one who opposed the ban. In Annapolis the technology has been credited as a success as it helped identify a mass shooter last year. However, there have been some concerns from civil liberty groups who argue that there is potential for abuse. For instance, some think it might be the basis for surveillance by the government. The bill to ban the technology in San Francisco had be sponsored by Aaron Peskin who would not hide his joy after the win. He said that they had sent a strong message across the US. He said that being the technology headquarter of the world gave local legislators some responsibility in the technology that is been developed.

Critics on the other hand say that the city would have done more rather than ban the technology. They argue that the best solution was to find better regulations as facial recognition technology will become an integral part of the society. Jonathan Turley works at the University of Washington as a constitutional expert. He said that it was a shame that facial recognition would not have a role in securing border installations as well as airports. He says the ban is a scheme to deny people value from what they would have acquired from the technology. However, this is not the end of the issue as there will be another vote in the coming days to review the matter. However, many experts say that the second vote will just be a formality. There are other cities that are considering the ban such as Somerville and Oakland. Despite the ban in San Francisco, it’s being used in other areas in America such as big stadiums as well as airports. Taylor Swift is the first pop star to use the technology. According to the New York Times, she has reportedly said that she is using the technology to identify stalkers in her shows.

 

Surveillance Footage Suppressed in Case Against Patriots Owner

A judge on Monday ruled in favor of Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots. According to CNN, a video showing Kraft inside of a massage parlor in Florida will not be allowed into evidence at Kraft’s trial for soliciting prostitution.

Attorneys for Kraft requested the video be disqualified as evidence based on government overreach and an illegal search warrant.

The judge, who works in Palm Beach County, cited the absence of minimization procedures that would allow privacy to massage parlor clients. In the 12 page ruling penned by Judge Leonard Hanser, he says the necessary minimization guidelines are not present in the search warrant.

The incidents leading up to the two soliciting prosecution cases against Robert Kraft took place on January 19th and 20th. Prosecutors expected the video to a major part of the case they present against Kraft.

Other defendants in the case will also benefit from the video footage being suppressed.

Michael Edmonson, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County District Attorney’s office, sent an email explaining the DA’s office would be reviewing the order from Judge Hanser. The email did not discuss whether or not an appeal was planned by the DA’s office.

Judge Hanser also suppressed the details of a traffic stop involving Kraft on January 19. Police stopped a chauffeured car Kraft was riding in to identify the man seen on the video just minutes before the stop.

Hanser’s ruling deemed the traffic stop was unlawful due to the fact law enforcement were not aware of his identity until a traffic stop was executed. Hanser ruled that all information gathered from the search to be suppressed.

Prosecutors argued the 77-year-old NFL owner enjoyed no presumption of privacy within the massage parlor due to the fact it is a business establishment.

A month ago, Hanser told prosecutors they would not be allowed to release the video to the media. The video was requested by various media outlets under the open records law.

Kraft pleaded not guilty to the charges and apologized for becoming involved in the matter.

Lawyers for Kraft maintain the original search warrant for the surveillance cameras was obtained under false pretenses. Police claimed they had evidence of human trafficking taking place at the massage parlor. Prosecutors have since admitted that no evidence of human trafficking has been discovered.

Trump’s Foreign Policy Demands Are Rooted In Dominance

Donald Trump Jr. has a date with the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his lawyer told the press, Senator Richard Burr subpoena doesn’t mean squat to him. Don Jr. had his way with a congressional committee in 2017. Lawmakers knew it was only a matter of time before they nabbed him for breaking the law. Senator Blumenthal wants Don Jr. in an orange jumpsuit instead of prancing around throwing shade at Democrats while he has that former Fox News chick on his arm.

Mr. Trump Jr. believes he’s above the law. His dad showed him how to go around the system when Don Sr. wrote the University of Pennsylvania a big fat check so Wharton could give his often confused and ignorant son a chance to show his ass on campus. The Trump kids know they can create chaos and reap the executive privilege reward. Executive privilege doesn’t apply to Don Jr., so he might just plead the Fifth on paper or ignore the Burr subpoena.

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib thinks the country has a crooked CEO in the White House. Most people know that by now. His voter base knew that years ago. That’s why they elected him, according to some news reports. During a recent interview, Tlaib said we have a corporation running the country.

Rashida told Yahoo News Trump never put his corporation in a trust when the Russians helped him get elected. And the amount of foreign dignitaries that stay at the Trump Tower in Washington is off the charts. Big Don has foreign coin flowing into his Capital One bank account while he tears up the constitution.

Kim Jon Un’s cargo ship is now in American Samoa. Trump snatched the “Wise Honest” after Kim tried to get his attention by shooting off missiles. Some reports say Kim has to show his people Trump can’t throw him to the foreign policy curb just because Ben Netanyahu needs back up if Hamas starts missile-bashing him.

Trump’s foreign policy decisions have dominance written all over them. He’s in a trade war with China. And he has his weapon hanging out in the Middle East, and he wants Iran to see how big it. Bolton and Pompeo screwed up his CIA coup in Venezuela, and now he’s not sure who he wants to fight first.

The president wants to score a 2020 campaign victory, and war may be his wild card, according to the New York Times.

Sackler Family Feels Strain Of Opioid Litigation

The united front that was once shown by the Sackler family is now beginning to weaken. The billionaire family is saddled with litigation regarding their responsibility in the American opioid epidemic.

The eight members of the Sackler family involved in the case have clashed twice in recent months over strategies to be used in their defense against claims their company, Purdue Pharma LP, used deceptive marketing practices to push painkillers that ultimately led to drug overdoses.

The split between the two camps that have formed within the family is so deep that advisors for the family refer to the two family factions as the A and B sides.

One hotly debated topic within the family is how Richard Sackler, former president of Purdue, should respond to the exposure of emails he sent in the past that expressed negative criticism of individuals battling opioid addiction.

There has also been a major disagreement over tactics for legal defense. One faction within the family felt it better to declare bankruptcy to stave off lawsuits rather than pay a settlement in a case filed against the company in Oklahoma.

The family is currently facing more than 2000 lawsuits from various jurisdictions in the United States. The lawsuits center around the allegation Purdue pushed painkillers into the market without adequately addressing the risk for addiction.

The Sackler family is currently worth $13 billion. Members of the family need to reach an agreement concerning the money they are willing to pay to resolve all their litigation issues.

The lawsuits point the finger directly at the Sackler family as contributors to an opioid epidemic that caused $400,000 deaths over a span of 18 years.

The two Sackler fashions issued a joint statement explaining they are taking part in internal talks aimed at reaching a decision that is best for all members of the family. The statement also said the disagreements regarding strategic handling of the litigation facing the family is not a sign of a split within the family.

The Sacklers have not spoken publicly about their disagreements but individuals close to the family have reported some of the conversations under the condition of anonymity.

Purdue did not comment on the Sackler family talks bud did take the time to explain the Food and Drug Administration approved the labels the company used to warn doctors and patients of the danger of opioid abuse. The company also denies any wrongdoing that contributed to the opioid epidemic.

Republicans Will Have To Pick The Rule Of Law Or The Rule Of Trump According To Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump Jr., the braggadocios son of President Trump has some explaining to do when he sits down in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. According to Michael Cohen, Don Jr. knew about the Trump Tower Moscow project. Cohen consulted with Don Jr. more than ten times when he tried to make a deal with the Russians to build the largest building in Europe in Moscow.

Don Jr. told the Senate Intelligence Committee he didn’t really know about the project. He said there were no plans and no developer for the project. But Cohen’s testimony disputes Trump’s claims. If Trump lied to Congress in 2017, he could face the same fate as Michael Cohen. Cohen now wears an orange jumpsuit in a prison in upstate New York.

Trump Sr. turn the investment world on its head when he threatened to add more tariffs to the existing tariffs on China products. The Chinese won’t let Trump control the technology sector of their economy by putting restrictions on Chinese companies like Huawei. Mr. Trump wants to win the race for 5G dominance, and China is ahead in that race at the moment. Chinese negotiators are back in Washington, but they want a new agreement. They sent the current 150-page agreement back to U.S. chief negotiator Bob Lighthizer with changes, and that sent Trump into a Twitter rage.

Mr. Trump is not the only person on the warpath in Washington. Congressman Jerry Nadler claims the country is in a constitutional crisis now that Trump shut down access to the Mueller report. Trump wants to stop former White House attorney Don McGahn from testifying. And he wants to stop Deutsche Bank from releasing his financial information to Congress. Trump claims the Democrats want his personal information for political reasons.

The president also claims the New York Times did a number on him when they found his old 1040 tax return transcripts from 1985 through 1994. Mr. Trump’s reported more than $1.17 billion in deductions during that 10-year period. Mr. Trump told the press real estate developers in New York like to claim losses on their tax returns. It’s a sport in the real estate business. But he also said the Times article is inaccurate.

Hillary Clinton gave a speech at Dartmouth College. She didn’t hold back when she told the audience Republicans will have to choose the rule of law or the rule of Trump now that Trump acts more like a dictator than a president.

Read More: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hillary-clinton-trump-republicans

 

Biden Surfaces As The Lead Candidate But Elizabeth Say Joe’s Old News

The Chinese are on their way to Washington for another round of trade talks. The Chinese know Trump’s additional tariff threats are just that. But they want to end the trade talk chaos Trump reigns down on them before he goes off the deep end again. China holds a strong hand in the negotiations. Mr. Trump may come away from the talks with a victory, but the experts say his victory is more hype than reality. China won’t let Trump interfere with how they run the country. But they will throw him a few trade bones to get him off their backs.

Trump doesn’t want Mueller or Don McGahn to talk to Congress. Senate leader Mitch McConnell said the Mueller case is over and the Democrats need to move on. McConnell knows he’s on a slippery political slope and he might fall off if the public finds out what the Mueller report says about Trump. Mr. Trump did try to obstruct justice, according to Mueller. Congress wants Mueller to tell the public how Trump wanted to control his investigation.

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos gave the press a verbal thrashing for the way they treat her. She also told teachers if they want to complain they should do it on their own time. DeVos did admit she’s an introvert. She doesn’t like to be on stage and make a fool of herself but she can’t help it due to her shyness. Dick DeVos may put his foot down and make Betsy come home if Trump wins another term. He hates it when Betsy acts stupid in front of the cameras.

Elizabeth Warren told the press more than 500 U.S. prosecutors think Trump would be behind bars if he wasn’t the president. There’s enough evidence in the Mueller report to charge him. That’s why Warren wants to impeach Trump. But Nancy Pelosi thinks that’s a bad idea. She wants to beat Trump in 2020. But according to Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen Trump won’t give up the presidency without a fight if he loses. That’s why Pelosi thinks the Democrats must overwhelmingly beat Trump.

Nancy thinks Joe Biden is the candidate who can bring Democrats together. But Biden has a lot of political baggage and most of it doesn’t jibe with liberals in the party. Biden is a capitalist who wants to protect insurance and credit card companies. Plus, he still doesn’t know who the Prime Minister of England is so his foreign policy skills are more than rusty, according to his critics.

Family Of Minneapolis Shooting Victim Receives $20 Million Settlement

The city of Minneapolis agreed on Friday to pay the family of Justine Ruszczyk a settlement of $20 million. Ruszczyk was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer after she called 911 to report a disturbance in an alley not far from her home.

The settlement is one of the largest ever in a shooting incident involving an officer and was announced three days after the conviction on murder charges for officer Mohamed Noor. Noor is a black, Somali-American who is also Muslim. With the conviction, Noor became the first officer in Minnesota to be found guilty of murder for a shooting that took place while on duty.

Ruszczyk was shot when she approached a police cruiser where Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, were seated. The forty-year-old yoga instructor called the police moments before her own shooting to report she heard a woman being attacked in the alley.

Defense attorneys say the shot by Noor was in defense of his partner. He testified to hearing a thumping sound and then seeing a figure next to the driver side of the vehicle where Garrity was seated.

Noor faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison but is expected to receive a sentence significantly less than the maximum.

Mayor Jacob Frey addressed the media and said there are no winners in the situation involving Officer Noor and Justine Ruszczyk. The mayor also said the settlement represents an effort on the part of the city to provide closure to the family of the victim and move on from the matter.

A lawyer for the Ruszczyk family, Robert Bennett, says the settlement will send a distinct message to the Minnesota Police Department.

Experts on the matter felt the settlement was necessary to avoid the case being heard by a jury who could possibly award the victim’s family much more.

Advocates for social justice see the issue in a slightly different light. The advocates have already been vocal regarding the racial dynamics of the case and say the large settlement offered to the Ruszczyk family is another sign of the great disparity that exists between black and white victims of violence at the hands of police officers.

An expert with an opposing view says the large settlement and attention given to the Noor case is a result of the significance Americans have placed on addressing police shootings.

Jerry Falwell Jr. Wants To Extend Trump’s Term By Two Years

The talks with China are in a political ditch. Trump wants to force the Chinese to change the way they do business, and that’s a big ask, according to a former U.S. ambassador to China. China did agree to buy more products from the U.S., and they will lower tariffs on American-made vehicles. They also agreed to stop the seemingly unlimited supply of fentanyl that comes to the U.S. from Chinese drug factories. But they won’t let Trump tell them how they run their government. And they want all the tariffs removed when they sign an agreement. Trump doesn’t want to do that.

Trump is full of requests, thanks to the Mueller report. According to nymag.com, he wants Barr to investigate the investigators. That’s Trump’s new slogan on the campaign trail. Barr has his own issues now that the Democrats know his sole purpose as attorney general is to protect the president. The Democrats want to impeach Barr, but that won’t happen, according to the New York Times.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants Barr to resign now that he showed the world he’s a liar. Barr lied to Congress when he said he didn’t know if Mueller had an issue with his four-page Trump gets-out-of-jail free card. Nancy also thinks Trump is guilty of impeachable offenses. But she knows starting the impeachment process is a waste of time. She wants the Democrats to solidly beat Trump in 2020. If it is a narrow Democratic victory, Pelosi thinks Trump will protest the vote to stay in office. She believes Trump will not leave office if a Democrat beats him by a narrow margin.

But Trump has other fires to put out now that Mueller may sit in front of Congress and tell them what he really found in his investigation. Trump claims the FBI spied on his campaign for no reason. And that’s why the investigation started. The FBI did spy after an Australian diplomat said George Papadopoulos told him the Russians had dirt on Clinton in 2016. The only way George would know that is if he talked to the Russians about exposing the Clinton dirt.

But even though Trump is up to his neck in the Washington swamp, Jerry Falwell Jr. thinks Trump deserves another two years in office. Jerry thinks Trump’s term should be six years instead of four. Falwell claims the Mueller investigation robbed Trump of two productive years. A Trump tweet confirms the president is on board with that idea. Mr. Trump believes even though he is the greatest president in history another two years in office would make him greater.

Judges Rule Against Gerrymandering

A panel of three judges from the United States District Court in Cincinnati, OH ruled this past week that the state of Ohio will have to redraw its congressional district’s map because too much partisanship went into drawing the borders of the districts. Gerrymandering is the process by which the state legislature manipulates the borders of congressional districts in order to make the district a more favorable place for a particular party to win an election.

Ohio has a state government that has been dominated by the Republican Party for a number of years. When the districts had to be redrawn as must be done after every census, the legislature drew the districts so that Republicans could win the most districts by far. This process angered the Democrats in the state as well as other voting rights groups. In order to challenge the new districts, the League of Women Voters and the American Civil Liberties Union brought suit against the state of Ohio.

This week, the judges stated in their opinion that Ohio must redraw the congressional districts before the 2020 Presidential elections. The judges gave the state until June 14 of this year to develop a plan to correct the situation. The state of Ohio was informed that if it could not come up with an equitable plan, the court would be forced to redraw the district maps.

There was a similar ruling about gerrymandered districts in the state of Michigan earlier this year. Also the United States Supreme Court is considering a case regarding the federal courts ability to rule on gerrymandering.

Many legal observers believe that the Supreme Court with its 5-4 conservative tilt will rule that federal courts cannot rule on gerrymandering cases. If this happens, all cases will have to be reheard in state courts, and solutions would have to be worked out on a state by state basis.