News from Around the Web for June 4, 2024

News From Around the Web

#10 Louisiana Judges Could Order ‘Surgical Castration’ for Child Molesters Under Tough Sex Offender Bill -  Alex Oliveira for The NY Post, and Nick Sorter on X

Judges in Louisiana could be given the power to order surgical castration for sex offenders who prey on young children after the state legislature passed a first-in-the-nation law on Monday. The law would allow judges to implement the procedure for people convicted of sex crimes – including rape, molestation, and incest — against a child under 13 to undergo a surgical procedure on their genitals to block sex-drive hormones like testosterone. State lawmakers gave it final approval on Monday, and it now heads to the desk of Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry, who campaigned on a law-and-order platform of tougher punishment for criminals. “This is a consequence,” Republican state Sen. Valarie Hodges said during a committee hearing over the bill in April... 

#9 Company That Bred Beagles for Research Pleads Guilty to Neglect, Ordered to Pay Record $35M Fine - Matthew Barakat for AP News, and Bad Hombre on X

A company that bred beagles for medical research agreed Monday to pay a record $35 million as part of a criminal plea admitting it neglected thousands of dogs at its breeding facility in rural Virginia. Prosecutors said the penalties amount to the largest ever levied in an animal welfare case. The plea deal also bars the company that operated the facility, Envigo RMS, as well as parent company Inotiv, from breeding or selling dogs in the future. The federal investigation of Envigo drew national attention in May 2022 when federal authorities conducted a search of the breeding facility in Cumberland County, Virginia, and found nearly 450 animals in acute distress. The company later agreed to relinquish all 4,000 beagles at the facility, which were sent around the country for adoption...

#8 Joe Biden’s Fingerprints Are All Over The Criminal Prosecutions Of Donald Trump - Margot Cleveland for The Federalist, and Linche on X

In response to Americans’ outcry over the political prosecutions of Donald Trump and a Manhattan jury convicting the former president on 34 felony counts, President Joe Biden declared, “It’s irresponsible for anyone to say this was rigged, just because they don’t like the verdict.” Coming from the Commander-in-Rigging, this proclamation means nothing. Biden and those seeking to ensure his re-election have their hands all over Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s prosecution of the former president. A lead prosecutor for Bragg during the trial was Matthew Colangelo. In December 2022, Colangelo left the Biden Department of Justice to “jump-start” the criminal case against Trump. Biden had previously named Colangelo his acting associate attorney general—the third-highest-ranking official in the DOJ...

#7 Netanyahu Denies Joint Session Address Will Happen on Proposed June 13 Date: Report - Rachel Schilke for Washington Examiner, and The Jewish Voice on X

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s office has reportedly rejected a proposed date to deliver a joint session of Congress on June 13, a long-awaited speech that will likely heighten tensions on Capitol Hill over Israel’s war in Gaza. Despite earlier reports that Netanyahu would deliver his address on Thursday next week, his office rejected the claim that an exact date has been set, saying that the speech cannot happen on the proposed date because it falls on the second day of the Jewish holiday Shavuot, according to Axios. If Netanyahu delivered his address on June 13, it would fall when President Joe Biden is expected to be out of the country to attend the G7 summit in Italy.

The Israeli prime minister was invited on Friday last week by Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)...

#6 Oil Cartel Delivers Bad News for Biden Ahead of US Elections - Nick Pope for The Daily Caller and JPNWMN

OPEC+ reached an internal agreement to prolong its oil production cuts, a move that could raise energy prices in the U.S. ahead of the pivotal 2024 elections, Reuters reported Monday. The oil cartel, made up mostly of Middle Eastern nations and other oil-producing states — is prolonging existing production cuts of 3.66 million barrels per day through the end of 2025 and extending its ongoing cuts of 2.2 million barrels per day through September 2024, according to Reuters. The cartel’s deal to extend the cuts could mean that oil prices will remain high through this fall’s presidential election, according to The Wall Street Journal. OPEC and its allies are presently reducing their production by about 5.8 million barrels per day, a volume that amounts to about 5.7% of the world’s demand, according to Reuters. The oil-producing cartel’s decision to extend cuts could put the global market into a supply deficit, conditions that would likely increase prices...

#5 ‘The System Is Rigged’: Congressional Candidate Marty O’Donnell Calls for Cuts to ‘Bloated’ Federal Government - Andrew Chapados for Blaze Media and X

Republican congressional candidate Marty O'Donnell says that 10%-15% of the federal government could easily be cut without any repercussions for the American public. O'Donnell, who for the majority of his career composed music, is running for Congress in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District. The musician spent years making jingles (Mr. Clean, Flintstones Chewable Vitamins) before composing the very celebrated soundtracks for massive video game franchises Halo and Destiny. The Halo franchise alone has sold over 81 million copies, according to Deadline. Running as a Republican, O'Donnell decided to forgo retirement after witnessing the turmoil the country has been in.

#4 “I’m Not Addressing Him as Doctor”: Fauci Hearing Gets Heated - Andrew Solender for Axios, Green Lives Matter, OANN, Simon Ateba, and Collin Rugg on X

A House hearing featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci descended into the type of dramatic, attention-grabbing partisan infighting that has come to define the 118th Congress. Why it matters: It's a dynamic that is leading many of the House's low-key workhorses to head for the exits, making way for the ranks of more bombastic legislators to grow. Driving the news: Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified Monday morning before the House's Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic. It was Fauci's first appearance on Capitol Hill since 2022 when he ended a decades-long government career that saw him emerge as the public face of the federal government's efforts to combat COVID. The appearance came as former Fauci aide David Morens has come under bipartisan fire for using a personal email to communicate about COVID origins, bypassing federal disclosure rules...





 

#3 Man Who Went Viral for Driving During Virtual Court Hearing for Suspended License Reportedly Vindicated -  Louis Casiano for Fox News and Collin Rugg on X

"Mr. Harris, are you driving?" Simpson asked, to which Harris replied that he was behind the wheel. "OK, so maybe I don’t understand something. This is a driving-while-license-suspended [case]," Simpson told Harris' public defender. "And he was just driving, and he doesn't have a license." He then ordered Harris' bail revoked and ordered him to surrender to authorities at the Washtenaw County Jail by 6 p.m. that day, to Harris' disbelief. The video clip made the rounds on the internet and quickly spread like wildfire. "With the type of ties that I have with the church and the community, it's very embarrassing," Harris told WXYZ-TV about the widely viewed incident. His driver's license was suspended in 2010 for unpaid child support, but a judge rescinded the suspension in January 2022, the TV station said...

#2 WNBA Upgrades Foul on Caitlin Clark by Chennedy Carter, Fines Angel Reese for No Postgame Interview -  Doug Feinberg for AP News and Collin Rugg, LeLakers, Ian Miles Cheong Clark and IV Times  on X

Carter gave a shoulder shot to Clark that knocked her to the floor before an inbound pass during the third quarter of Saturday’s 71-70 win by the Fever. The officials called it an away-from-the-ball foul and didn’t review the play. It was deemed a common foul at the time.“I wasn’t expecting it,” Clark said after the game. “It is what it is. It’s a physical game. Go make the free throw and execute on offense, and I feel like that’s kind of what we did.” Carter didn’t answer questions about Clark or the play after the game on Saturday, but spoke to media on Monday...




#1 Juror in Feeding Our Future Trial Dismissed After Woman Offers Bag of Cash to Acquit Defendants - Kelly Smith for Gazette Xtra and Simon Ateba and Josette Caruso

A juror in the Feeding Our Future federal trial was dismissed suddenly Monday morning after a woman showed up at her door Sunday with a bag of cash and offers of a second bag of cash if she votes to acquit the defendants, attorneys said in court. The 23-year-old juror wasn't home when the woman showed up, but the unnamed person offered the juror's father-in-law a bag of cash and told him to tell the juror that another bag of cash would be dropped off if she voted to acquit the seven defendants in the fraud case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Thompson said. "This is completely beyond the pale," he told U.S. District Judge Nancy Brasel. "This is outrageous behavior. This is stuff that happens in mob movies."



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