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Twitter Suspends 70 Pro-Bloomberg Accounts, Reports Say

Twitter suspended 70 pro-Michael Bloomberg accounts from its platform, the company announced late on Friday, according to multiple news reports. A Twitter spokeswoman told The Los Angeles Times that the company was temporarily suspending some and outright banning other accounts because they violated the platforms policies against spam and manipulation. Twitter did not immediately respond to request for comment. “We have taken enforcement action on a group of accounts for violating our rules against platform manipulation and spam,” the Twitter spokesman told the LA Times. The Bloomberg campaign told The Epoch Times in an email that its staffers use an app called Outvote to share the campaigns message with friends and family. “We ask that all of our deputy field organizers identify themselves as working on behalf of the Mike Bloomberg 2020 campaign on their social media accounts,” Twitter campaign spokeswoman Sabrina Singh wrote in an email. The Bloomberg campaign has hired an army..

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Sanders Wins Nevada Caucuses, Takes National Democratic Lead

Senator Bernie Sanders(I-Vt.) scored a resounding victory in Nevadas presidential caucuses on Saturday, cementing his status as the Democrats national front-runner amid escalating tensions over whether hes too liberal to defeat President Donald Trump. The 78-year-old Vermont senator successfully rallied his fiercely loyal base and tapped into support from Nevadas large Latino community as the Democratic contest moved for the first time into a state with a significant minority population. The win built on Sanders win earlier this month in the New Hampshire primary. He essentially tied for first place in the Iowa caucuses with Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who has sought to position himself as an ideological counter to Sanders unabashed progressive politics, but was fighting for a distant second place in Nevada. The victory, while encouraging for Sanders supporters, only deepens concern among establishment-minded Democratic leaders who fear that the self-des..

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Trump Taps Floridas Chief Resilience Officer as Homeland Security Adviser

President Donald Trump has hired Floridas Chief Resilience Officer Julia Nesheiwat as his new homeland security adviser, National Security Adviser Robert OBrien confirmed on Saturday. “Pleased to welcome Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, who will serve as Deputy Assistant to the President working on Homeland Security and Resilience,” OBrien said in a statement. “She comes with extensive national security experience, which will be invaluable for this important role.” “Pleased to welcome Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, who will serve as Deputy Assistant to the President working on Homeland Security and Resilience. She comes with extensive national security experience, which will be invaluable for this important role.” – NSA OBrien — NSC (@WHNSC) February 22, 2020 Nesheiwats resume (pdf) shows she got her Ph.D. from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2014. The title of her dissertation was “Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Energy Technology & Resiliency.” She was appointed as Floridas first chief resilience of..

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Supreme Court Lifts Last Obstacle to Allow Enforcement of Public Charge Rule

The Supreme Court has voted to allow the Trump administration to enforce its “public charge” immigration rule in Illinois after previously allowing the rule to be enforced in other parts of the country. The top court justices voted 5-4 on Feb. 21 to grant a stay on an injunction issued by a lower court in Illinois, allowing the Trump administration to enforce its “public charge” rule in the state while the appeal plays out in courts. This comes after the Supreme Court lifted nationwide injunctions issued by a New York District Court and upheld by the 2nd Circuit at the end of January. The January decision allowed the Trump administration to enforce its rule across the country, except for Illinois, due to a separate injunction ordered by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois that applied to only that state. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor voted to deny the governments request to lift the Illinois injunction. The ..

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Cuomo Improves Offer to Federal Government in Attempt to Remove Ban on New Yorkers

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would give the federal government access to the entirety of the states Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database, except for Social Security numbers. “I would give them anything but the Social Security numbers,” the governor said during an interview with the WAMC radio station on Friday. “The Social Security numbers are the indicator of documented or undocumented, and I will never give them the Social Security numbers in the DMV database—over my dead body will I do that.” The new offer comes after an apparent stalemate in negotiations between New York state and the Trump administration, which banned New Yorkers from trusted traveler programs earlier this month because state officials stopped sharing information from the DMV with immigration enforcement agencies. “We no longer have access to make sure that they meet those program requirements, so we need to do our job,” acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf s..

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Bloomberg Says 3 Women Can Be Released From NDAs

Michael Bloomberg said on Friday that three women—former employees of his media company—bound by non-disclosure agreements regarding his past conduct, can be released from the agreements if they wish. The Democratic U.S. presidential candidate said in a statement that the agreements concern “comments they said” he “had made” and that the women should contact his company to be released from the NDAs. Bloomberg, who runs the media conglomerate Bloomberg LP, also said that he was ending the companys long-standing practice of requiring confidentiality agreements when reaching settlements with complaining employees. “Ive done a lot of reflecting on this issue over the past few days, and Ive decided that for as long as Im running the company, we wont offer confidentiality agreements to resolve claims of sexual harassment or misconduct going forward,” the billionaire former mayor of New York said. “I recognize that NDAs, particularly when they are used in the context of sexual harassment ..

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Bernie Sanders Responds After Reportedly Being Told Russia Is Helping Him in Election

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Friday warned Russia to stay out of U.S. elections after The Washington Post reported, citing anonymous sources, that U.S. officials had told Sanders that Russia is trying to aid his presidential campaign. “The intelligence community is telling us they are interfering in this campaign, right now, in 2020. And what I say to Mr. Putin, if elected president, trust me you are not going to be interfering in American elections,” Sanders told reporters in Bakersfield, California. It was not clear what form the Russian assistance took, the paper said. “I do not consider Vladimir Putin a good friend,” Sanders said in a statement released following the Washington Post report. “He [Putin] is an autocratic thug who is attempting to destroy democracy and crush dissent in Russia. Lets be clear; the Russians want to undermine American democracy by dividing us up … I stand firmly against their efforts and any other foreign power that wants to inte..

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CalPERS Ignores Rep. Jim Banks Questions on CIOs Links to Chinas Thousand Talents Spying

WASHINGTON—California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) officials failed to answer a congressmans questions about its Chief Investment Officers (CIO) links to a Chinese program the FBI says is a spy tool. “CalPERS failed to answer two fundamental questions raised in my letter to Governor [Gavin] Newsom,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) told The Epoch Times Friday. Banks was referring to his Feb. 12 letter to Newsom concerning CalPERS CIO Yu Ben Mengs “long cozy” relationship with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). “First question: Is Mr. Meng a member of the Thousand Talents Program, something the FBI called a non-traditional espionage program? “Second question: Since Meng came back as Chief Investment Officer of CalPERS, has CalPERS invested in companies that are affiliated with the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army?” The Indiana Republican also said he wants “clarification from Mr. Meng about what he meant when he told the Chinese Communist rag Peoples Daily that his roots were i..

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Appeals Court Blocks Mississippis 6-Week Abortion Ban

A federal appeals court has upheld a block on a Mississippi law that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected at around six weeks of pregnancy. The U.S. Court of Appeals of the 5th Circuit ruled (pdf) on Thursday to affirm a lower court injunction that blocked the state law from going into effect. This comes after the same court ruled in December that the states 15-week ban, a separate abortion law, was “unconstitutional.” Former Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) signed the so-called “heartbeat bill” in March last year (pdf). The law makes it a crime to perform an abortion, except in a few circumstances, after a “fetal heartbeat has been detected,” which is generally at six weeks. After the law was signed, the states only abortion clinic, Jackson Womens Health Organization, sued. The district court ruled in favor of the clinic in May last year. The three-panel judge wrote in its opinion that the law is unconstitutional because it bans the procedure before a fetus i..

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Republicans and Democrats Come Together for School Bus Safety Bill

Republicans and Democrats have come together on the issue of school bus safety with the Stop for School Buses Act, a bi-partisan bill would provide a comprehensive federal evaluation of methods to prevent accidents and protect the safety of children riding school buses. This legislation would require the Department of Transportation to compile laws on illegal passing in all states, review existing public safety measures and programs discouraging illegal passing of school buses, and create new strategies and messaging. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) introduced the House bill. “The tragic loss of young Hoosiers in bus-related crashes last year, including in Fulton County, was a reminder that life is precious and that we all need to work together to keep children safe,” Walorski said. “Every driver has a responsibility to exercise caution when students are present, and that includes never passing a school bus that is stopped with red lights flashing or it..

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