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Jose Garcia

Jose Garcia's Journal
Jose Garcia's Journal
March 7, 2024

Jewish Democrats wrongly listed as backers of pro-Palestinian bill

A pair of Jewish House Democrats said Wednesday they were incorrectly listed as co-sponsors of a pro-Palestinian resolution.

Why it matters: One of the lawmakers, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), said he plans to investigate the discrepancy and try to "prevent this from happening to anyone else."

The mixup comes as the bloody Israel-Hamas war has deeply divided Democrats in Congress.
The details: The non-binding resolution, H.Res.902, "affirms Palestine's right to exist and at a future time to become a nation State."

More: https://www.axios.com/2024/03/07/jewish-democrats-wrongly-listed-as-backers-of-pro-palestinian-bill

March 6, 2024

Hochul deploys National Guard for subway bag checks amid rising crime numbers

Source: CBS News

NEW YORK -- New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new subway safety plan Wednesday, following several violent incidents underground in the past week and rising subway crime numbers so far this year.

"Anyone looking to do harm or spread fear on our subways, you will be caught, plain and simple. There will be consequences. This has to end. New Yorkers deserve no less," Hochul said. "To those who are feeling anxious whenever they walk through those turnstiles, we will stop at nothing to keep you safe, you and your family members, and restore your peace of mind."

The governor laid out a five-point approach that includes:

Adding 750 National Guard members and 250 MTA and State Police officers to help with random bag searches

Working to change the law to stop people who commit violent transit crimes from riding subways and buses

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbsnews.com/amp/newyork/news/watch-live-gov-kathy-hochul-to-announce-subway-safety-plan-after-several-recent-attacks/

March 5, 2024

Trump-Appointed Judges Shut Down Florida's 'Stop Woke Act'

Source: Newsweek

Athree-judge appeals court panel, including two Donald Trump appointees, unanimously voted on Monday to block the implementation of Florida's "Stop WOKE Act."

Officially known as the "Individual Freedom Act," but more commonly referred to as the "Stop WOKE (Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees) Act," the bill was passed by the Florida state legislature and signed into law by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. It is designed to block certain teachings about race and diversity in schools and workplaces, particularly any notions that individuals might be privileged or face oppression due to race, sex, or national origin, which DeSantis has decried as "woke indoctrination."

While the governor and other Republican lawmakers have claimed that the bill is meant to combat "indoctrination," critics have accused it of attempting to whitewash history and argued that it violates the First Amendment. In August 2022, Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker of Tallahassee concurred with the latter argument in relation to the workplace portion of the bill, placing a preliminary injunction against its implementation.

In a unanimous ruling on Monday, three judges with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Walker's ruling, finding that the law violated the First Amendment rights of business owners.

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/trump-appointed-judges-shut-down-florida-stop-woke-act-1875810

February 27, 2024

Judge: Law partner must testify about Wade's relationship with Willis

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A judge has determined that Nathan Wade’s former law partner and divorce lawyer must tell the court what he knows about the special prosecutor’s relationship with District Attorney Fani Willis – a decision that could produce more bombshell testimony as defense attorneys seek to disqualify the DA from prosecuting the Fulton County election interference case.

Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee’s chambers notified attorneys in the case by email late Monday that certain communications Terrence Bradley had with Wade are not protected by attorney-client privilege, according to numerous people who read the email. Bradley could be compelled to testify as soon as Tuesday afternoon. McAfee’s decision followed a closed-door meeting between the judge and Bradley on Monday that lasted nearly an hour and 20 minutes.

A spokesman for Willis said the DA’s office cannot comment except in court.

Defense attorneys are seeking to disqualify the entire DA’s office because of what they have called an “improper” romantic relationship between Willis and Wade. The defense attorneys say Willis benefitted financially by hiring Wade because he paid for trips they took together with money he earned from the case.

Read more: https://www.ajc.com/politics/judge-wades-law-partner-must-testify-about-relationship-with-willis/FQLTCWX75JBG7AX3O4GVWEMFHE/

February 23, 2024

Woman who joined ISIS as a teen loses challenge against the removal of her UK citizenship

Source: CNN

A woman who left the United Kingdom to join ISIS at the age of 15 has lost her Court of Appeal challenge over the decision to remove her British citizenship.

Shamima Begum flew to Syria in 2015 with two school friends to join the terror group. While there, she married an ISIS fighter and spent several years living in Raqqa.

Begum then reappeared in al-Hawl, a Syrian refugee camp, in 2019. She made international headlines as an “ISIS bride” after pleading with the UK government to be allowed to return to her home country for the birth of her son.

Then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid removed her British citizenship in February that year, and Begum’s newborn son died in a Syrian refugee camp the following month. She told UK media she had two other children prior to that baby, who also died in Syria during infancy.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/23/europe/shamima-begum-appeal-loses-intl/index.html

February 22, 2024

Nationwide cellphone service outage impacting AT&T customers, other carriers

Source: NBC 10 Philadelphia

Several cellular services providers in the U.S. appeared to be experiencing outages Thursday morning, according to the outage tracking site Downdetector.

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon customers began reporting issues with their services around 3 a.m. ET Thursday. There are also network issues with Cricket, Consumer Cellular, Boost Mobile and other regional services.

A spokesman for Verizon told NBC News that they don't see any issues on their network and believes the problem is with other carriers. Verizon customers are only having issues when trying to call a number that is associated with one of the impacted carriers.

NBC reached out to AT&T and T-Mobile and did not immediately hear back.

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/att-t-mobile-and-verizon-users-hit-by-cellular-outage-in-the-us/3783172/%3famp=1

February 18, 2024

Rep. Rashida Tlaib urges Michigan Democrats to vote against Biden in the primary

Source: NBC News

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., is urging Democrats in Dearborn, Michigan, to vote against President Joe Biden in the state's upcoming Democratic primary.

“If you want us to be louder, then come here and vote uncommitted,” Tlaib said in a new video posted to social media on Saturday while standing outside an early voting location.

She joined growing calls from progressive activists in Michigan to vote “uncommitted” in the state's Democratic presidential primary on Feb. 27 instead of voting for Biden.

The video of Tlaib was posted to the X account of “Listen to Michigan,” a group urging voters to vote “uncommitted” in the primary.

Read more: https://www-nbcnews-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/rcna139360?amp_gsa=1&amp_js_v=a9&usqp=mq331AQGsAEggAID#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&aoh=17082258767313&csi=0&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nbcnews.com%2Fpolitics%2F2024-election%2Frep-rashida-tlaib-urges-michigan-democrats-vote-biden-primary-rcna139360

January 27, 2024

Biden endorses emerging deal to give US new power to clamp down on border crossings

Source: CNN

Senate negotiators have agreed to empower the US to significantly restrict illegal migrant crossings at the southern border, according to sources familiar with the matter, a move aimed at ending the migrant surge that has overrun federal authorities over the past several months.

President Joe Biden has vowed to use the authority offered by the deal, embracing measures that are far more draconian than he’s previously considered in an area many voters perceive him as weaker than former President Donald Trump.

The Senate deal, which is expected to be unveiled as soon as next week, would also speed up the asylum process to consider cases within six months – compared with the current system, under which it could take up to 10 years for asylum seekers.

The details provide a new window into high-profile negotiations that have been going on for months – as Senate leaders hold out hope they can attach the deal to aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan as domestic and international crises loom. The plan would also put pressure on Republicans to decide whether to greenlight these new authorities or reject the plan as Trump has urged the GOP to defeat anything short of what he calls a “perfect” bill.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2024/01/26/politics/senate-deal-shutdown-border/index.html

January 19, 2024

Georgia prosecutor on Trump case paid for trips with District Attorney Willis on his credit card, court filing shows

Source: CNN

The special prosecutor hired by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to pursue the criminal case against former President Donald Trump bought tickets for Willis to accompany him on at least two out-of-state trips, records released Friday show.

A Friday motion filed in Cobb County Superior Court by Joycelyn Wade in her divorce case with the special prosecutor, Nathan Wade, includes copies of credit card statements that show he purchased airline tickets for him and Willis, including trips to Miami in October 2022 and San Francisco in April 2023.

Willis suggested in a court filing Thursday that Joycelyn Wade is using the divorce proceedings to harass the district attorney and damage her reputation and is “obstructing and interfering with an ongoing criminal prosecution.” Willis brought the sprawling racketeering indictment against Trump and his associates last year over their actions in Georgia following the 2020 election.

Willis said in her filing that Joycelyn Wade has been separated from her husband for more than two years and “has conspired with interested parties in the criminal election interference case to use the civil discovery process to annoy, embarrass and oppress District Attorney Willis.”

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2024/01/19/politics/fani-willis-divorce-documents-fulton-county/index.html

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