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Roosevelt Statue to Be Removed From Museum of Natural History

Source: NY Times

The bronze statue of Theodore Roosevelt, on horseback and flanked by a Native American man and an African man, which has presided over the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History in New York since 1940, is coming down.

The decision, proposed by the museum and agreed to by New York City, which owns the building and property, came after years of objections from activists and at a time when the killing of George Floyd has initiated an urgent nationwide conversation about racism.

For many, the equestrian statue at the museum’s Central Park West entrance has come to symbolize a painful legacy of colonial expansion and racial discrimination.

“Over the last few weeks, our museum community has been profoundly moved by the ever-widening movement for racial justice that has emerged after the killing of George Floyd,” the museum’s president, Ellen V. Futter, said in an interview. “We have watched as the attention of the world and the country has increasingly turned to statues as powerful and hurtful symbols of systemic racism.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/21/arts/design/roosevelt-statue-to-be-removed-from-museum-of-natural-history.html#click=https://t.co/aPafBjXCOv

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Signs Sweeping Police Reforms Into Law, Says They're 'Long Overdue'

Source: CBS

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed sweeping police reform bills into law, notably banning chokeholds and repealing a hotly contested state law known as “50A,” which kept officers’ disciplinary records confidential.

“Police reform is long overdue,” said Cuomo. “[George] Floyd’s murder is just the most recent murder. This is not just about Mr. Floyd’s murder. It’s about being here before, many, many times before.”

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Rev. Al Sharpton joined Cuomo at the bill signing.

Cuomo also issued an executive order requiring local governments and police departments to develop a plan to modernize police strategies and programs.

Read more: https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/06/12/n-y-gov-cuomo-signs-sweeping-police-reforms-into-law-says-theyre-long-overdue/

Cuomo Lays Out 'Say Their Name' Reform Agenda

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the "Say Their Name" reform agenda following the murder of George Floyd and an ongoing pattern of police brutality against minority communities across the nation. The Governor said he will work with the State Legislature to get these policies done next week.

The list of policy priorities builds on earlier proposals he called for in the immediate aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and prior executive actions he has taken including appointing the Attorney General as a special prosecutor in matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement.

The 'Say Their Name' Reform agenda includes:
  • Allow for transparency of prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers by reforming 50-a of the civil rights law;
  • Banning chokeholds by law enforcement officers;
  • Prohibiting false race-based 911 reports and making them a crime; and
  • Designating the Attorney General as an independent prosecutor for matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement.

"Mr. Floyd's murder was the breaking point of a long list of deaths that were unnecessary and abusive, and people are saying enough is enough, we must change and we must stop the abuse," Governor Cuomo said. "Stopping police abuse vindicates the overwhelming majority - 99.9 percent - of police who are there to do the right thing. It restores the confidence, the respect, and the trust that you need to make this relationship work. You have to heal the police-community relationship for the sake of the police and for the sake of the community. As the progressive capital of the nation New York should be at the forefront of this movement, and I want to work with the Legislature to pass these policy priorities next week to reform our systems and put a stop to this abuse once and for all."


https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-lays-out-say-their-name-reform-agenda-priorities-following-killing-george-floyd

South Korea says North Korea's Kim is not seriously ill: Yonhap

Source: Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was not gravely ill, two South Korean government sources said on Tuesday, following reports he had undergone a cardiovascular procedure and was now in “grave danger”.

Kim was receiving treatment after undergoing the procedure, a South Korean media report said late on Monday, amid speculation over Kim’s health following his absence from a key anniversary event this month.

The reports about Kim’s health are not true, two South Korean government sources said. The presidential Blue House said there are no unusual signs coming from the North.

Daily NK, a Seoul-based speciality website, cited unidentified sources inside the isolated state saying Kim is recovering at a villa in the Mount Kumgang resort county of Hyangsan on the east coast after undergoing the cardiovascular procedure at a hospital on April 12.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-politics/south-korea-says-north-koreas-kim-is-not-seriously-ill-yonhap-idUSKBN2230AV

Acting secretary of the Navy has submitted his resignation

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has submitted his resignation a day after leaked audio revealed he called the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt "stupid" in an address to the ship's crew, according to a US official and a former senior military official.

The Navy and Department of Defense did not respond to a request for comment.
On Monday, Modly told the crew of the Roosevelt that their former commander, Capt. Brett Crozier, was either "too naive or too stupid" to be in command or that he intentionally leaked a memo to the media, in which Crozier warned about coronavirus spreading aboard the aircraft carrier and urged action to save his sailors, according to remarks obtained by CNN.

Late Monday night, Modly apologized in a statement for calling Crozier "stupid" in his earlier remarks.
"Let me be clear, I do not think Captain Brett Crozier is naive nor stupid. I think, and always believed him to be the opposite," Modly said in his statement. "We pick our carrier commanding officers with great care. Captain Crozier is smart and passionate. I believe, precisely because he is not naive and stupid, that he sent his alarming email with the intention of getting it into the public domain in an effort to draw public attention to the situation on his ship. I apologize for any confusion this choice of words may have caused."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/07/politics/modly-resign-crozier-esper-trump/index.html

New York City limits bars, restaurants to takeout; closes nightclubs, theaters

Source: lohud

ALBANY – New York City will order all nightclubs, theaters and concert venues to close by Tuesday morning, a dramatic step to try and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in the nation's most populous city.

Restaurants and bars in the city will also be limited to serving only takeout and delivery customers, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced late Sunday.

De Blasio said he will sign an executive order Monday putting his directive into place.

It will take effect 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, he said.

Read more: https://www.lohud.com/story/news/2020/03/15/coronavirus-nyc-closes-nightclubs-movie-theaters-limits-restaurants/5056561002/

Madam Speaker just refused to say "it is my high honor and distinct privilege"

She just said “Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States.”

This was after he refused to shake her hand.

Latest RW false equivalency: Kids in concentration camps are no different than the troops

https://twitter.com/marksimoneny/status/1150018576994230272

https://twitter.com/fpwellman/status/1150458750400155649
https://twitter.com/dzbillfulton/status/1150741746621603840
https://twitter.com/nosaj_90/status/1150472710830612480
https://twitter.com/dyllyp/status/1150463523178201088

Gayle King Interviews Michelle Obama at Essence Festival [Full Interview]



The whole interview is well worth watching.

If Gillibrand is automatically disqualified because she called on Franken to resign...

then so are Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Elizabeth Warren. All of them also demanded Franken resign.

Having a deal breaker for supporting a candidate is fine, but we should be consistent. Gillibrand isn't my first choice, but I think it's absurd to crucify her on this and give everyone else a pass.

And, for the record, here are all the other Democratic Senators who said the same thing as Gillibrand:

Tammy Baldwin
Tammy Duckworth
Mazie Hirono
Chuck Schumer
Claire McCaskill
Maggie Hassan
Patty Murray
Bob Casey
Joe Donnelly
Sherrod Brown
Debbie Stabenow
Heidi Heitkamp
Ed Markey
Michael Bennet
Maria Cantwell
Dick Durbin
Patrick Leahy
Martin Heinrich
Dianne Feinstein
Jeff Merkley
Ron Wyden
Tom Carper
Tom Udall
Sheldon Whitehouse
Gary Peters
Chris Murphy
Jon Tester
Jack Reed
Angus King
Bill Nelson
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