News from Around the Web for Apr 1, 2024

News From Around the Web

#10 JK Rowling Could Be Investigated by Police for Misgendering Trans People, SNP Minister Says - Ellie Harrison for The Independent

JK Rowling could be investigated by police for misgendering trans people under Scotland’s new hate crime law, an SNP minister has said. The party’s community safety minister, Siobhan Brown, had previously claimed that misgendering – for example, using the pronoun “he” when talking about a trans woman – would not count as a hate crime, but she has now said it would be a police decision. Speaking as the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act came into force on Monday, 1 April, Ms. Brown told Radio 4’s Today program: “It could be reported and it could be investigated. Whether or not the police would think it was criminal is up to Police Scotland for that.”

#9 US Interest to Hit $1.6 Trillion by Year End, Making It the Largest US Government Outlay - Anthony B. Sanders, Confounded Interest

Happy Easter! I mean Happy TRADITIONAL Easter, not a Biden weird trans celebration. Biden and Congress (Schumer, Johnson, McConnell, etc.) spend and borrow like it's cottage cheese. After hitting $1 trillion in late 2023, interest expense on US debt rose to a record $1.1 trillion in late March, and ii) while US debt is now rising at a pace of $1 trillion every 3 months, US interest expense is rising at a just as torrid $100 billion every 4 months (this interval will also shrink to three months very soon)...

#8 Trump Reacts to Mexican President’s $20 Billion Demand From Biden Admin: ‘I Wouldn’t Give Him 10 Cents' - Christopher Lopez for Fox News and Owen Gregorian on X

Former President Trump joined "One Nation" host Brian Kilmeade to discuss the "lack of respect" foreign leaders have for President Biden and his administration. During an exclusive interview, the "Fox & Friends" co-host asked Trump about Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi. "On ‘60 Minutes,' the president of Mexico says, 'We're not going to shut down our border until you change your policy on Cuba and change your policy on Venezuela.' Is it OK for the Mexican president to dictate American policy?" Kilmeade asked...

#7 Biden Slapped with Massive Backlash After Trying to Replace Easter with Trans Holiday - 'Direct Assault on Christianity' - Connor Cavanaugh for Western Journal,  Joey Mannarino and Citizen Free Press on X

This year, as Easter and “Transgender Day of Visibility” fall on the same day, March 31, the situation is more complicated than ever. Of course, if you’re politically on the left, it would be hard to forgo taking note of the day celebrating the transgender ideology, but there’s a balancing act with not attacking Christian believers at the same time. While an exact answer for those stuck in the political hell that is sitting on the American left, it’s certain that it takes lots of tact and skillful maneuvering to avoid trampling over anybody’s beliefs. President Joe Biden, unfortunately lacks tact and is far too senile to ever skillfully maneuver anything except perhaps his 2018 Cadillac he bragged to Special Counsel Robert Hur about. Instead, the aging Delaware politician went guns blazing straight ahead, loudly proclaiming that March 31, 2024, was TDOV...

#6 CDC Says Bacterial Infection Cases Are Rising: What to Know about Meningococcal Disease - Ahjané Forbes for USA Today

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an alert to healthcare providers about bacterial infections as a strain of the meningococcal disease begins to circulate within the United States. Meningococcal disease is an illness caused by a bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis. While this illness can have severe symptoms, including death, a serious infection commonly called meningitis can form in the lining of the brain and spinal cord and bloodstream, according to the CDC. In the alert, the CDC explained that a variant of the Neisseria meningitidis serogroup Y has reported 140 cases in 2024 so far. Although meningitis typically affects infants and young adults, this strand is targeting adults between the ages of 30 to 60 years old. People who are at a higher risk of getting this type of meningitis are Black and African Americans or someone who has HIV...

#5 UC Berkeley Accused of Segregation by Allegedly Banning Whites From Community Farm - Carl Campanile for The New York Post

The University of California at Berkeley is under fire for allegedly banning white residents from using a community farm on Saturdays in a move one critic slammed as “systemic racism.” The university told The Post it is investigating claims that the “Gill Tract Community Farm” in nearby Albany offered its space on Saturday exclusively to “Black, Indigenous, and People of Color” after a complaint with the US Department of Education by the Mountain States Legal Foundation. “UC-Berkeley thinks that racial segregation is progressive now, but it’s no different than segregation of the past,” said William Trachman, general counsel for the group...

#4 Republicans and Democrats Panic to Quickly Define ‘Spoiler’ Candidate Rfk Jr - Julia Johnson for Fox News

Democrats and Republicans alike are scrambling to define Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s independent presidential bid and ascribe his views to the other ideological side before he is able to introduce himself to the 2024 electorate. "The only thing they know is that he's Robert Kennedy's son," said Allan Lichtman, a historian and distinguished professor of history at American University. As Kennedy focuses on gaining ballot access, his election travel looks much different than that of former President Trump or President Biden, who are primarily campaigning in critical battleground states... 

#3 Biden Faces Fresh Political Peril With Latest Student Loans Lawsuit - Haisten Willis for Washington Examiner and AG Andrew Bailey on X

A fresh lawsuit revives an old challenge for President Joe Biden — delivering on his 2020 campaign pledge to forgive student loans. Biden announced in 2022 that he’d “cancel” $10,000 of federal student debt per borrower, only to see his plan ruled illegal by the Supreme Court. He has since announced another $144 billion in student debt writeoffs and created a program to lower future payments, but he was slapped with a new lawsuit by a coalition of Republican-led states on Thursday...

#2 Netanyahu ‘Continues to Essentially Give the Finger’ to Biden Over Gaza, Sen. Van Hollen Says - Tal Axelrod for ABC News

Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen on Sunday tore into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over what Van Hollen said was Netanyahu's refusal to acquiesce to President Joe Biden's requests for more humanitarian action in Gaza amid the war with Hamas. Appearing on ABC News' "This Week," Van Hollen, a Maryland lawmaker and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also said Biden "needs to back up his 'no excuses' language with real action." "We have a situation where Netanyahu continues to essentially give the finger to the president of the United States, and we're sending more bombs," Van Hollen told "This Week" co-anchor Martha Raddatz. "And that doesn't make sense."

#1 Texas AG Ken Paxton’s Legal Victory Raises Major Questions About 9-Year Case: ‘Pain Has Always Been the Point' - Chris Enloe for Blaze Media and Mike Benz on X

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) is not going to trial after all. In 2015, a grand jury indicted Paxton on three felony criminal charges: two counts of securities fraud and one count of failing to register with state securities regulators. Prosecutors claimed that Paxton solicited two acquaintances to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock in a technology startup but failed to disclose that he would be compensated for the deal. Years of procedural and pretrial maneuvering delayed the case, but a trial was finally scheduled to begin on April 15. Then, the case came to an abrupt end last Tuesday when prosecutors agreed to drop the charges in a deferred prosecution agreement. Whereas Paxton had been facing potentially decades in prison if convicted — 99 years, in fact, according to the Austin American-Statesman — he will now serve 100 hours of community service, pay restitution, and take continuing legal education classes.


And Now for Something Special smiley

Funeral Held for Slain New York City Police Officer Jonathan Diller - AP News

A procession of New York Police Department officers, on foot and driving motorcycles, escorted the remains of their slain colleague, Jonathan Diller, to a Long Island church for his funeral service Saturday. The solemn cry of bagpipes and drums hailed Diller’s arrival at Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Massapequa Park, New York. “The city is mourning a cop. The tens of thousands of police officers outside are mourning a brother in arms. But Stephanie and Ryan are mourning their everything,” said Rev. Michael Duffy, naming Diller’s surviving wife and 1-year-old son in a homily delivered inside the church. Diller, 31, who was shot dead Monday during a traffic stop, was the first New York City police officer killed in the line of duty in two years. The services Saturday follow two days of wakes this week that drew thousands of visitors, including former President Donald Trump, Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams, who also spoke at the funeral Saturday.

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