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Please Join In Person Reception with President Biden on Monday, May 9, 2022,Potomac MD

Dear Friends,
I hope you and your family are doing well. I am very honored and excited to invite you to an in-person Reception with President Joe Biden, on Monday, May 9,2022 Potomac MD.

The Democratic Party
Congressman David Trone & June Trone
cordially invite you to
A Reception with President Joe Biden

In support of the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund

Monday, May 9, 2022
Time to be announced
Potomac, MD
Address upon R.S.V.P.

Space is limited and all attendees will be required to comply with COVID-19 protocols in order to participate in the event.

For any questions, please contact me at 510-378-0698

Ticket Level
Host ($100,000)
Champion ($36,500)
Supporter ($10,000)

Please register using the below link

Ajay Bhutoria,
National Finance Committee, DNC
Author, Entrepreneur, Political Activist.

Drone video of the Andover, KS tornado.


Tuesday's Ohio Primary


Mike DeWine (R)* - Incumbent
Joe Blystone (R) - Farmer & Restaurant Owner
Ron Hood (R) - Ex-State Rep., '21 US Rep Candidate & '20 St Bd of Education Candidate
Jim Renacci (R) - Ex-Congressman, Ex-Wadsworth Mayor & '18 US Sen Nominee

John Cranley (D) - Ex-Cincinnati Mayor, Ex-City Councilman, Attorney & '00/'06 US Rep Nom.
Nan Whaley (D) - Dayton Mayor & Ex-Dayton City Councilwoman


Matt Dolan (R) - State Sen., Ex-State Rep, Attorney & Cleveland Guardians Team Co-Owner
Mike Gibbons (R) - Investment Banker, Attorney & '18 Candidate
Josh Mandel (R) - Ex-State Treasurer, Ex-State Rep., Attorney, Iraq War Veteran & '12 US Sen Nom.
Neil Patel (R) - Insurance Agent, Ex-Democrat & Frequent Candidate
Mark Pukita (R) - Businessman & Electrical Engineer
Jane Timken (R) - Ex-State GOP Chair, Ex-Kent State University Trustee & Attorney
J.D. Vance (R) - Venture Capitalist, Attorney & Author

Morgan Harper (D) - Ex-CBFP Official, Progressive Activist & '20 US Rep Candidate
Traci "TJ" Johnson (D) - IT Consultant & Community Activist
Tim Ryan (D) - Congressman, Ex-State Sen. & Attorney


District 11:
Shontel Brown (D)* - Incumbent
Nina Turner (D) - Ex-State Sen., Ex-Cleveland City Councilwoman & '21 Candidate

Raiders owner says of quarterback Colin Kaepernick: 'I would welcome him with open arms'

Source: The Hill

Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis said he would welcome free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick “with open arms” as the star quarterback continues his quest to return to the league after a six-year hiatus.

In an interview with NBC Sports’s Bay Area affiliate, Davis said he believes that Kaepernick deserves a chance to play in the league, though he suggested the decision lies with team’s coaches and executives.

“I believe in Colin Kaepernick,” Davis said in a “Race in America: A Candid Conversation” episode set to premiere on Wednesday.

“He deserves every chance in the world to become a quarterback in the National Football League. I still stand by it. If our coaches and general manager want to bring him in or want him to be the quarterback on this team, I would welcome him with open arms,” he added.

Read more: https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/3473220-raiders-owner-says-of-quarterback-colin-kaepernick-i-would-welcome-him-with-open-arms/

Birx says US must prepare for summer COVID surge as immunity wanes

Source: The Hill

Deborah Birx, a leading member of the Trump administration’s White House coronavirus task force, said on Sunday the U.S. should be prepared for another potential COVID-19 surge after a recent uptick in infections in South Africa.

“They’re on an upslope again,” Birx said of South Africa’s infections on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“Each of these surges are about four to six months apart. That tells me that natural immunity wanes enough in the general population after four to six months that a significant surge is going to occur again. And this is what we have to be prepared for in this country,” she added.

Birx specifically warned Americans should be “preparing right now for a potential surge in this summer across the southern United States.”

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/3473217-birx-says-us-must-prepare-for-summer-covid-surge-as-immunity-wanes/

Top Biden health official says trans youth being 'driven to depths of despair'

Source: The Hill

Assistant Health Secretary Rachel Levine said trans youth are being “driven to depths of despair” and committing suicide at alarming rates, during a speech on Saturday about the dangers of anti-trans laws being passed in red states across the country.

Levine, the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, said in a speech at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth that LGBTQ youth are being “attacked” and have “few places to turn” for help.

“I want to say this very, very clearly: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans are committing suicide at a rate that should shock our conscience,” Levine said during the Out For Health Conference.

“Even after decades of progress, the most vulnerable among us continue to suffer … transgender women of color not only continue to be harassed, but are more likely than the population at large to suffer violence and even murder.”

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/3473200-top-biden-health-official-says-trans-youth-being-driven-to-depths-of-despair/

Russia's top officer visited the front line to change the offensive's course

Source: New York Times

[div class"excerpt"]ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine -- The chief of the general staff of the Russian military, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the country's highest ranking uniformed officer, made a visit to dangerous front-line positions in eastern Ukraine late last week in an effort to "change the course" of Russia's flagging offensive there, according to a senior Ukrainian official. Two U.S. officials with knowledge of the visit also backed that assessment.

Ukrainian officials learned of the visit, the Ukrainian official said, but not in time to catch General Gerasimov. When Ukrainian forces launched an attack on one position visited by General Gerasimov, at School No. 12 in the Russian-controlled city of Izium on Saturday evening, he had already departed for Russia. Still, some 200 soldiers, including at least one general, were killed, the Ukrainian official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive military operation.

Two U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential intelligence assessments, confirmed that General Gerasimov had been in eastern Ukraine for the past couple days, but had no information about the attack on the Russian base. The Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"Our working assumption is that he was there because there's a recognition they haven't worked out all their problems yet," said one of the officials.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/01/world/europe/russian-general-dead-valery-gerasimov.html

An Alabama inmate and a corrections officer are missing. Here's what we know

Source: CNN

(CNN)Authorities in Alabama are searching for a corrections officer and an inmate charged with murder after they went missing on Friday.

Vicki White, assistant director of corrections for Lauderdale County, took Casey White, the inmate, from jail Friday morning, saying she was taking the prisoner to the county courthouse.

The two, who officials said are not related, have not been seen since, and the US Marshals Service is offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the inmate's capture and the location of the officer, the service said Sunday.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/01/us/alabama-inmate-and-corrections-officer-missing-what-we-know/index.html

The Mysterious Case of Marina O.


In a non-descript room in a secret police station deep within a sprawling Moscow exhibition center, a Russian police officer offered Marina Ovsyannikova a cup of tea.

“For some reason, I wasn’t afraid,” Ovsyannikova told me over the phone a few days ago. “In that moment I wasn’t afraid. Now — I would think twice.”

By that point, Ovsyannikova, a 43-year-old editor from Russia’s state-run propagandist Channel One TV network had already answered the same questions for hours; she was tired, hungry and thirsty. The previous night, on March 14 at 9:30 p.m., she had crashed the set of Russia’s top evening newscast Vremya wearing a necklace in the colors of the Ukrainian and Russian flags and brandishing an anti-war poster. “Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They are lying to you here,” she had written in Russian. “No war” and “Russians against war,” she’d scrawled in English. “Stop the war, no to war, stop the war, no to war,” she shouted.

For a few moments, Ovsyannikova’s protest was beamed into homes around Moscow and central Russia. Then, the camera cut away. Ovsyannikova was detained, taken to a large police station within the state television studio complex known as Ostankino, before being moved half a mile to the secret police department within Moscow’s Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy, a large park with exhibition halls known by its acronym VDNKh, where she was held for the next 14 hours.

It was after what seemed like endless questioning, in the wee hours of the morning, that her interrogator said: “Let’s drink a cup of tea. Let’s eat some blini. Everyone’s hungry,” Ovsyannikova recounted.

As any foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin would have warned Ovsyannikova, were they still alive to do so: When a Russian security officer offers you an Earl Grey and a snack, don’t say yes. But Ovsyannikova was new to the dissident game and unprepared for what lay ahead of her.

She drank the tea.

Spain sends Ukraine a shipment of weapons.....and sausage.

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