News from Around the Web for Feb 7, 2024

News From Around the Web

#10 Appeals Court Denies Trump Immunity in 2020 Criminal Election Case - Kevin Breuninger and Dan Mangan for CNBC
A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled that Donald Trump does not have immunity from prosecution in his election case as a result of having been president at the time of the alleged crimes. Trump is expected to ask the Supreme Court to overturn the appeals court ruling. The case is related to Trump’s attempt to reverse his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden...

#9 Conservative Actress Gina Carano Sues Disney for Wrongful Termination, 'Millions in Lost Income' - Hannah Grossman  for Fox News, Gina Carano and Elon Musk on X

Gina Carano, the former actress on the Disney+ Star Wars show "The Mandalorian," sued The Walt Disney Company for "millions in lost income" over alleged wrongful termination and "discriminatory treatment" Tuesday.  "A short time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, Defendants made it clear that only one orthodoxy in thought, speech, or action was acceptable in their empire and that those who dared to question or failed to fully comply would not be tolerated," the lawsuit, funded by X Corp. said.  Carano allegedly made waves for "refusing to support movements and ideologies with which she did not agree" including Black Lives Matter, COVID lockdowns and transgender pronouns...

#8 California Ammunition Background Check Law Can Remain in Effect, Court Rules - Nate Raymond for Reuters
California can proceed with enforcing a law requiring people to undergo background checks to buy ammunition after a divided federal appeals court on Monday put on hold a judge's ruling declaring it unconstitutional.
A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel, on a 2-1 vote, stayed last week's ruling by U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez in San Diego, holding that the background checks law violated the right the bear arms protected by the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment...

#7 NYC Mayor Adams Compares Himself to Jesus Christ, Says He's Being Persecuted for Including So Many 'Chocolate' Officials - Carlos Garcia for Blaze Media

ew York City Mayor Eric Adams is being mocked and ridiculed for comparing himself to Jesus Christ in comments he made at a town hall on Wednesday. The Democrat suggested that he was being criticized because he had installed so many minorities in positions of power in his administration."Look at this team, folks. Look at this team. Look at my, look at my deputy mayors!" he said before naming some of the people in the hall. "Have you ever seen this much chocolate leading the City of New York? And then go down the line. Look, look who's here. This is representative of the city. That's why people are hating on me. You trying to figure out why they're hating on me?" he continued...

#6 In Stunner, House GOP Bid to Impeach Mayorkas Fails - Rebecca Beitsch  for The Hill, Steve Deace, Sara Carter and Greg Kelly on X

 House GOP effort to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas failed in an embarrassing fashion Tuesday as three Republicans joined Democrats in voting against what would have been the second-ever impeachment of a Cabinet official. The 214-216 vote is a stunning loss for a GOP that has faced continual pressure from its right flank to impeach a Biden official, even as the party has waffled over which one to focus on. The failure came about because of the surprise appearance in the chamber of Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), who showed up unexpectedly — having recently had surgery and wearing hospital scrubs and no socks, according to NBC — to vote against the bill. Republicans entered the vote with two expected GOP “no” votes from Reps. Ken Buck (Colo.) and Tom McClintock (Calif.), but then a third House GOP lawmaker, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), also voted against impeachment. The surprise “no” vote prompted numerous GOP colleagues to gather around Gallagher for a lengthy conversation before the vote closed...

#5 Not Every American High School Student Needs to Go to College. Here’s What They Should Do Instead - Peter Morici for Market Watch

U.S. schools are in crisis — too many high school and college graduates can’t think or do for themselves. A competitive economy requires that employers have capable workers and for schools to perform better. Just as with many businesses, the Covid-19 pandemic shutdowns disrupted schools. But student performance already was declining. According to the ACT exams, 43% of 2023 high school graduates lack competency for college work in reading, English, mathematics, and science, and just 21% satisfy that benchmark in all four of these areas...

#4 South Dakota Has Apologized and Must Pay $300K to Transgender Advocates - Jack Dura for AP News
South Dakota has apologized and will pay $300,000 under a settlement with a transgender advocacy group that sued Gov. Kristi Noem and her health secretary last year after the state terminated a contract with it. Attorneys for the Transformation Project announced the settlement Monday. The nonprofit sued last year after the state canceled the contract for a community health worker in December 2022. The contract included a roughly $136,000 state-administered federal grant, about $39,000 of which the group received, according to its attorneys...

#3 Judge Wants Answers After Report That Key Witness in Trump Fraud Trial May Plead Guilty to Perjury - Michael R. Sisak for AP News

The judge in Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial is demanding more information after a key witness was reported to be in negotiations to plead guilty to perjury in connection with his testimony in the lawsuit. In an email posted to the trial docket Tuesday, Judge Arthur Engoron asked lawyers in the case to provide him with a letter “detailing anything you know” about the situation involving Allen Weisselberg, the former longtime finance chief at Trump’s company, the Trump Organization. “I do not want to ignore anything in a case of this magnitude,” Engoron wrote, suggesting he may disregard all of Weisselberg’s testimony if he were to admit to lying on the witness stand.

#2 Ronna McDaniel Expected to Step Down as RNC Chair After Criticism From Trump - The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, and Jennifer Van Laar for X and Red State

Ronna McDaniel, who has led the Republican National Committee since shortly after being selected in late 2016 by Donald Trump, won’t continue to hold her post for the 2024 general election, according to sources close to the former president. “She is out,” one Trump confidant said. An RNC member familiar with the situation said McDaniel will step down after the South Carolina Republican primary on Feb. 24. Two other committee veterans said they hadn’t been briefed by McDaniel on her intentions. An RNC spokesman dismissed the idea that her plan was set. “Nothing has changed,” Keith Schipper said in a statement. “This will be decided after South Carolina.”


#1 Kremlin Confirms Putin Gave Interview to Ex-Fox News Host Tucker Carlson -  Guy Faulconbridge for Reuters and Colin Rugg on X
President Vladimir Putin granted an interview to U.S. television host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday, the Kremlin said, his first to an American journalist since before Russia's invasion of Ukraine nearly two years ago.  First Putin interview with U.S. media since 2021. Kremlin says Western media has not been impartial. Carlson says Americans have a right to know


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Archaeologists Discover a ‘Master Blacksmith’s’ Workshop Dating to the Very Dawn of the Iron Age in Britain - Andy Corbley for Good News Network

A routine planning application in Britain ended up uncovering the remains of an ancient British blacksmith’s workshop that has so far yielded 10,000 artifacts demonstrating the breadth of ironworking ongoing during Pre-Roman England. Located in Wittenham Clumps, Oxfordshire, the workshop, or smithy, was likely the abode of a master of the craft, as evidence shows extensive material and tool use that indicates complex pieces such as swords and large cartwheels.



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