Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that “there is no place for racist imagery” when asked to respond to the ongoing controversy about Dr. Seuss, whom the city has honored in the past. The company that handles Dr. Seuss’s books withdrew six of his books from publication this week over concerns about early caricatures, and the left has been critical of Dr. Seuss for preaching racial tolerance without concern for “structural power imbalances.” Breitbart News asked Garcetti about the issue during a press briefing on Thursday night. Of course, there are images that are blatantly racist that have no place in 2021. And you can’t just look at a book and say, “Hey, 99% of this is great,” and there is a blatantly racist picture of somebody who is presumed to be Chinese or African. So, I know there is this whole back-and-forth about whether people are canceling folks. This is not about canceling. This is about standing up against blatant racism where we see it, and just making sure … [Read more...] about L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Dr. Seuss: ‘There Is No Place for Racist Imagery’
Ex-House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell (D-CA) confirmed Friday he will sue former President Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks in a second major lawsuit seeking to hold Trump and his allies accountable for the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Swalwell’s action follows a similar suit filed last month by Rep. Bennie Thompson against Trump, Giuliani and the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys groups. Today, I filed a civil claim against Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Rudolph Giuliani, and Rep. Mo Brooks for inciting an attack against the Capitol that terrorized lawmakers and prevented us from certifying the votes of the American people. My statement: pic.twitter.com/wmSMcEzeL6 — Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 5, 2021 Swalwell’s case echoes some of the same claims as Thompson’s — citing a civil rights law meant to counter the Ku Klux Klan’s intimidation of elected officials. According to Axios, the lawsuit … [Read more...] about Eric Swalwell Sues Donald Trump and Allies over Capital Riots
When I first came to Washington in 1995 as a CBS News correspondent, the U.S. Capitol building was truly “The People’s House.” Anybody could walk in and browse around, walk the historic marble floors, look at the historic statues. No metal detectors. No police or security guards removing perfume from your purse in case it’s a plot to build an explosive device from liquid. The same sort of access was available to the public and press at most federal buildings at the time. Even the White House, more secure than the other buildings back then, was less like a command bunker. Anybody could drive right along the public street adjacent to the back of the White House and take a look. ADVERTISEMENT Of course everything, understandably, changed with the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Most any building occupied by the federal government became a fortress. Concrete barriers were erected all over the city to make it harder for a car bomber to drive into a building. Police are routinely … [Read more...] about Congress in lockdown: Will we just ‘get used to it’?
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) said ensuring transparency is one of the main reasons for his state’s success in vaccine distribution, citing regular communication with constituents. Speaking at The Hill’s “ COVID-19 Vaccine: Trust and Communication ” event Thursday, Justice described how he holds press conferences multiple times a week, stressing to residents that they should get their dose as soon as they are able and not to listen to misinformation about the vaccine. “The number of bad stories around the vaccines are next to nothing, and the bad stories around this situation, if you get this dreaded disease, everything is going to eat you up,” he told The Hill's Steve Clemons. ADVERTISEMENT West Virginia has recently been able to expand the populations eligible for the vaccine because of its success rate in vaccinating the initial groups. The state is now allowing residents age 50 and older, education workers age 40 to 50 and those 16 and older with certain … [Read more...] about State, city leaders push transparency to increase trust in COVID-19 vaccine
A Christian student group sued the University of Iowa Monday after the school kicked it off campus for requiring its student officers to hold the same religious beliefs. The Business Leaders in Christ, which seeks to foster a discussion regarding how students can incorporate Christianity into business environments, sued the university, along with a few individual administrators for religious discrimination, according to a press release from Becket , the religious liberty group serving as the plaintiff’s counsel. “This is premeditated religious discrimination, plain and simple,” said Eric Baxter, the Becket senior counsel representing the student group. “A state school cannot demand a change to students’ faith any more than the U.S. President could demand a change to the Bible.” Business Leaders in Christ alleges that the University of Iowa said the group could pick officers that share the group’s religious beliefs, as long as the group were transparent about those beliefs … [Read more...] about Christian Student Group Sues After Getting Kicked Off College Campus