It’s no secret how destructive and corrosive to society teachers unions have become. I college I realized most career teachers were just failed introverts that would have no direction in life without the societal box of the school system. They rely on doing the same thing every year. It is more common than ever for teachers to become teachers straight out of college rather than getting life and work experience to aid in teaching. But now A caucus within the biggest teachers union in New York City is encouraging members to fill out a form to pursue legal action to allow employees to opt out of returning to work in person this fall. Form: “We Must Not Return Until It Is Safe!”
One question asks if teachers feel safe returning to school, yes literally is not even an option.
“We are collecting stories from educators about why they are concerned about returning to face-to-face teaching and learning in September We are hoping to look for patterns/ commonalities to pursue legal action.”
The form has been deactivated but the link is still up.
Tweet from the caucus within the United Federation of Teachers:
Teachers’ unions are evil. Their members are selfish and lazy. Fire. Them. All. Give the money to the parents to send their kids to the schools of their choice. Teachers should be required to have a minimum amount of years working in the field they wish to teach. We have teachers that are seeing curriculum for the very first time as they are teaching it.
House Republicans balked at participating in the House committee that’s investigating the January 6 insurrection on Wednesday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of the five Republicans House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had tapped for the panel.
This is what Pelosi is so afraid of. Because SHE as Speaker of the House is responsible for not securing the Capitol on 1/6. That is the truth. And she is scared of the facts or even basic questions. This is the PEOPLE’s House, and Pelosi is destroying it.
Will the media ask her why she chose someone who voted to decertify the 2004 election to chair it? This is just a political circus & partisan hack job. What’s she afraid of?
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement that unless Pelosi reverses course and seats all five GOP nominees, “Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts.”
“Pelosi has broken the institution” with her actions, McCarthy said at a Wednesday press conference. Unless she reverses course and seats all five GOP nominees, “Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts,” he noted in a separate statement.
- Asked for her response, Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol: “We have a bipartisan quorum. We can proceed.”
State of play: Pelosi said in a statement that she accepted McCarthy’s recommendation to appoint Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) and Troy Nehls (R-Tex.) to the committee, and requested he recommend two other members to replace Jordan and Banks.
- Because Republicans voted against the formation of a 9/11-style commission, the 13-member select committee established by the House will be led by Democrats. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), a fierce Trump critic, is one of the eight members Pelosi selected.
- The committee is scheduled to have its first hearing July 27. It will feature law enforcement officers who were subject to some of the highest-profile acts of violence during the Capitol insurrection.
What they’re saying:
“Monday evening, the Minority Leader recommended 5 Members to serve on the Select Committee. I have spoken with him this morning about the objections raised about Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan and the impact their appointments may have on the integrity of the investigation. I also informed him that I was prepared to appoint Representatives Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls, and requested that he recommend two other Members.
“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee.”
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying the minority party’s picks for the Select Committee on January 6. This represents an egregious abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution. Denying the voices of members who have served in the military and law enforcement, as well as leaders of standing committees, has made it undeniable that this panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility and shows the Speaker is more interested in playing politics than seeking the truth.”
“Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts.”
Embattled Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom this week invited homeless people from around the country to come pursue “new beginnings” in California, prompting criticism from one recall election opponent. No we seriously aren’t kidding this really happened
Gov. Newsom, who is set to face the recall election on Sept. 14, made the remarks while he was in Sonoma County on Monday to sign a $12 billion bill intended to combat rampant and growing homelessness in the state.
The bill, which is part of Newson’s California Comeback Plan, aims to make homeownership more affordable by requiring that at least 20% of state-owned property be made available to lower-income and very low-income individuals and families.
According to Politico KABC-TV, during the visit, the governor was asked if he was concerned about California becoming a potential “magnet” for homeless people from other states given all the money it’s spending to address the issue.
“To the extent that people want to come here for new beginnings and all income levels, that’s part of the California dream,” Newsom responded, going on to say that Californians “have a responsibility to accommodate and enliven and inspire” newcomers.
Newsom defended the plan by adding that “the California dream is still alive and well.”
After hearing of Newsom’s remarks, former Republican mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer, took to social media to slam the plan.
“This is crazy,” tweeted Faulconer, who is one of 40 candidates challenging Newsom for his gubernatorial seat. “I have incredible compassion for homeless Californians. But no, we should not be encouraging homeless people from other parts of the country to move to California.”
Faulconer told KABC-TV that he wants to debate Newsom publicly to force him to “stand up and try and defend his record.”
California’s homelessness crisis was already bad — in 2019, the Golden State’s homelessness increase was higher than all other states combined — but the situation was made even worse during the pandemic.
Cities across the state experienced enormous rises in levels of homelessness as pandemic-related lockdowns slowed the economy. And the crisis was not subverted by liberal initiatives like one in San Francisco where free alcohol, marijuana, and cigarettes were provided to homeless people.
Newsom, for one, should be trying to make his state less attractive for homeless people. After all, the governor was attacked by a homeless person in Oakland last month.
Texas GOP lawmaker refutes claims his bill would drop Ku Klux Klan, civil rights, and women’s suffrage from curriculum
The author of a Texas bill that would restrict the teaching of critical race theory in schools said claims that his bill would strip lessons on the Ku Klux Klan, civil rights, and other topics from the state curriculum were outright false.
Sen. Bryan Hughes (R) responded to critics of his bill on “The Glenn Beck Radio Program” Wednesday, explaining that the legislation he’s offering would not make a single change to requirements in Texas administrative code for the teaching of slavery, the civil rights movement, the Ku Klux Klan, and other topics Republicans have been accused of trying to “cancel” by passing bills banning critical race theory in schools.
“Anyone can go to Chapter 113, of the Texas administrative code. That’s where our curriculum elements are found,” Hughes told BlazeTV host Glenn Beck. “Chapter 113, Texas administrative code. That’s before my bill. That’s after my bill. It’s still there, and you will find many specific references to difficult subjects, like slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, eugenics. Things like the women’s suffrage movement. A lot of that, Dr. King, we adore and look up to Dr. King so much. You’ll find many references to him, to Susan B. Anthony, to the civil rights movement. The underground railroad. The very things — the very things that we’re accused of removing — are specifically set out in the curriculum standards today.”
Hughes’ bill, S.B. 3, is legislation that would follow-up and amend a House bill signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in May that restricts the teaching of critical race theory in schools. The law specifically prohibits teaching that one race or sex is inherently superior to another; that an individual, by virtue of race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously; that an individual bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of their race or sex; that the advent of slavery in the United States constituted the true founding of the nation; and other tenets of critical race theory that Republicans across the nation have sought to remove from school curriculums.
The House bill that became law was amended by Democrats to require teaching “the history of white supremacy, including but not limited to the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement, and the Ku Klux Klan, and the ways in which it is morally wrong,” along with readings related to “the civic accomplishments of marginalized populations,” including Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and writings by Susan B. Anthony.
The Senate bill would amend the law to remove several of the specific requirements Democrats added, a change that Hughes explained was requested by teachers and the State Board of Education, who asked for the law to cover broad topics and let schools decide which specific documents they should teach.
But a report from the Huffington Post seized on S.B. 3 and accused Republicans of trying to “eliminate a requirement that public schools teach that the Ku Klux Klan and its white supremacist campaign of terror are ‘morally wrong.'”
The report said that the “cut is among some two dozen curriculum requirements dropped from the new measure, along with studying Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, the works of United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez, Susan B. Anthony’s writings about the women’s suffragist movement, and Native American history.”
What followed was a wave of backlash and outrage from journalists on social media falsely accusing Republicans of trying to ban teaching about the Ku Klux Klan.
“We’ve dealt with media bias for a long time. Everybody gets that. But to falsely state objective facts, and to do it again and again. And to have this echo chamber … it is remarkable.” Hughes said.
He told Beck that what S.B. 3 actually does is “teach our students to judge people, based on the content of their character, not the color of their skin.”
“It specifically says, in Texas public schools we do not teach that one race is inherently superior to another. That one sex is inherently superior. It specifically rejects white supremacy, or any racial supremacy. Or inferiority. It also says, one race — members of one race are not inherently racist, and unable to overcome their racism,” Hughes said.
“Do we have problems in America’s past? Of course. And we teach American history. And Texas history. Good, bad, and ugly. But we teach our students how we overcome it, by coming together as Americans, not by being racists,” he added.
The lawmaker went on to criticize critical race theory as a “toxic, evil doctrine” that “attacks the very heart of the American dream.”
“In critical race theory, they’re teaching little white children that they should feel guilty about bad acts by previous generations of white folks,” he said. “Even worse, they’re telling little children, from the Nordic communities, little black children, brown children. They’re telling them, oh, you can never make it in America. It’s so against you. You’ll always be second class.
“What a horrible message to teach those children. Let’s teach them, that we can all succeed. Are there problems? Yes. We’ll overcome them as Americans. But everyone gets a chance. Everyone can succeed in America. And critical race theory, as you said, undermines, the very heart of the American dream.”
David L. Cohen is an American businessman, attorney, and lobbyist in Pennsylvania. He is Senior Advisor to the CEO at Comcast Corporation. Until January 1, 2020, he was Senior Executive Vice President and chief lobbyist for Comcast.
David L Cohen on nomination to be ambassador to Canada (via WH): “I am honored to be nominated as ambassador to Canada, and thank President Biden for the opportunity to serve my country and to represent him.” (fuller comment attached)
Cohen was host of the first funder for Biden’s campaign – on the day the former VP announced in 2019 he would run for president. Clearly this deal was cut from the start. The Biden crime family never stops profiting.
President Biden plans to nominate David L. Cohen, an executive with Comcast Corp. , to serve as U.S. ambassador to Canada, and Victoria Reggie Kennedy, an attorney and the widow of the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, to serve as the top U.S. diplomat to Austria.
A third nominee announced Wednesday, Jamie Harpootlian, a Columbia, S.C., attorney, is slated to serve as U.S. ambassador to Slovenia. Mrs. Harpootlian is the wife of state Sen. Richard Harpootlian, a top South Carolina political ally and fundraiser for Mr. Biden.
The other two nominees also have deep ties to the president.
Mr. Cohen, a senior adviser to Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts, hosted Mr. Biden’s first 2020 campaign fundraiser at his Philadelphia home in April 2019. A longtime Philadelphia business executive and attorney, Mr. Cohen previously served as chief of staff to then-Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell. Mr. Rendell later served as Pennsylvania governor.
Mr. Biden served alongside Mr. Kennedy in the Senate for more than three decades and eulogized the late senator following his death in 2009.
Ms. Kennedy is a senior counsel to Greenberg Traurig LLP and is president of the board of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. She is the founder of a gun-control advocacy organization called Common Sense about Kids and Guns.
Mr. Biden has made a number of ambassador nominations in recent weeks, including former Republican Sen. Jeff Flake to Turkey and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to India. But many nominees haven’t yet been announced, including to posts in the United Kingdom, China, Japan and the European Union.
How bad are things for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections? So bad that some of them don’t include your party’s ID in their ads.
This is happening specifically in rural areas. You know, places where a lot of Trump voters live.
Do Democrats think people won’t realize who they are?
Democrats running for elected office in the House and Senate from rural America are starting to depart from using party identification in their ads in hopes of attracting more voters.
This means many candidates for office are running against the platform of their own party, according to Axios. Since the 2020 election, the Democrats in both chambers of Congress have had a wafer-thin majority, and the Republicans are looking to overtake them in the fast-approaching midterms next year.
Since former President Donald Trump talked about rural Americans throughout his entire presidency and on the campaign trail, Democrats in those places now feel “reflexively distrustful of progressive solutions to everything from the pandemic to infrastructure.”
Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan (OH), running for one of Ohio’s Senate seats, released a campaign ad roughly three minutes long. The Democrat did not mention his party affiliation once.
According to the report, Democrat strategists from rural states have advised the candidates to avoid using “fancy” language and to focus on populist economic policies.
“Several consultants insisted that Democratic policies — on labor rights, broadband, climate and infrastructure — are popular in rural areas. It’s the messaging that’s causing heartburn,” the report added.
Democrat candidate Monica Tranel is looking to pick up the new congressional seat in Montana next year. However, Tranel, in her ad, declared: “So many people I grew up with don’t vote for Democrats anymore.”
She also said, “They feel like Democrats look down on rural America.” Montana’s only congressional seat has gone to a Republican since 1997.
Zac McCrary, a Democrat pollster and partner at ALG Research, told Axios, the recent moves made by President Joe Biden on “infrastructure” and the “child tax credit” are “consistent with traditional, economic, Democratic populism that has real currency in rural areas.”
However, he also mentioned that candidates in vulnerable districts “need to have an answer to the question: What makes you different from a lot of the other Democrats?”
The report added that some Democrats in leadership have always warned that using certain language only hurts candidates. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) has discouraged from using “defund the police.”
Below is Tim Ryan’s Ad with no mention of party
Only when you get to Tim Ryan’s donation page and do some reading will you learn he is a democrat pawn.
Great liberal hivemind video on this subject check it out:
Police retirements on track to be the largest exit in department history as citywide bloodshed explodes
Amid nationwide calls to defund police departments and a rise in crime in major cities, the number of Chicago cops that have retired this year has already surpassed all of the retirements in 2018 and are on track to be the highest number in the department’s history.
The figures come from the police pension board, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times. It shows that between January and June, some 363 officers called it quits, and another 56 were expected to retire this month.
“We are on track, I believe to have one of the highest retirement numbers in the city’s history,” Ald. Ray Lopez told the newspaper.
Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera, citing Superintendent David Brown and Mayor Lori Lightfoot’, wrote that the city’s roughly 117,000 gang members outnumber the city’s 13,000 police officers by roughly 10 to 1.
“To me, the miracle in Chicago isn’t that 11 were killed this weekend and 19 the weekend before, it’s that it was not worse than that,” Rivera later said to Fox News Digital, elaborating on his earlier comments.
He blamed the push to keep police officers from enforcing the law for enabling the type of environment that leads to 117,000 gang members like in Chicago.
“All you can do with this defund the police nonsense is ignore the fact that you are essentially assigning a third-world existence to a huge segment of the population all in the name of anti-racism,” Rivera said.
Meanwhile, Fox News’ Gianno Caldwell, a Chicago native, said residents are losing trust in the leadership of Mayor Lori Lightfoot as well as in city officials’ ability to protect its residents.
“Considering that we have had two weekends this year with over 100 people shot in Chicago, I would say the city is in war zone status,” Caldwell said in a statement.
Police leaders nationwide have said they are struggling with the increase in shootings and homicides. They’re grappling with retirements and fewer staff and a difficulty in recruiting officers to help push back.
President Joe Biden on Monday met at the White House with urban leaders — including Eric Adams, the heavy favorite to be the next mayor of New York City — to tackle increased shootings, as Democrats warily watch a surge across the nation.
Though limited to what can be done at the federal level, Biden promised to support efforts on the ground to combat crime.
“We know when we utilize trusted community members and encourage more community policing, we can intervene before the violence erupts,” the president said.
After the meeting, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown tweeted, “we need a sense of urgency right now so we can save lives and serious consequences for those driving gun violence in our cities.”
Democrats are allowing gang violence to flourish in their cities so they can push anti-gun propaganda.
The meeting was the second in just three weeks. Big city mayors and lawmakers have sounded the alarm on the rise in crime, believed partly fueled by destabilizing forces of the pandemic, and polls suggest it is an increasing matter of concern for many Americans.
In a sensational disclosure, it has been revealed that Dr Anthony Fauci, the top medical advisor to the United States, had strongly supported experimenting on contagious viruses and believed that manipulating and heightening their infectious potency weighed more than the risk of a laboratory accident sparking a pandemic, reports The Australian.
According to the reports, Dr Fauci had previously supported the contentious experiments calling them “important work,” despite apprehensions that such experiments may cause risks of lab leaks and lead to a major public health crisis, just as it is alleged to have happened in the case of Covid-19.
An investigation carried out by The Weekend Australian has also confirmed Dr Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, failed to alert senior White House officials before lifting the ban on such “gain-of-function” research in 2017.
Wuhan lab was conducting research to enhance the ability of coronavirus with US funds: Reports
A multinational group of 15 scientists working at the Wuhan Institute had received $600,000 of US public funds between 2015 and 2020 to investigate whether coronaviruses posed a risk to humans. The National Institutes of Health, under which the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases functions, had reportedly funded coronavirus experiments in Wuhan, China, in the years leading up to the pandemic.
In his research paper written in the American Society for Microbiology in October 2012, Dr Fauci had acknowledged the controversial scientific research could spark a pandemic.
“In an unlikely but conceivable turn of events, what if that scientist becomes infected with the virus, which leads to an outbreak and ultimately triggers a pandemic?” he wrote.
Continuing, Fauci had stated, “Many ask reasonable questions: given the possibility of such a scenario – however remote – should the initial experiments have been performed and/or published in the first place, and what were the processes involved in this decision? Scientists working in this field might say – as indeed I have said – that the benefits of such experiments and the resulting knowledge outweigh the risks.”
Further, defending such experiments, Fauci had written saying that it was more likely that a pandemic would occur in nature, and the need to stay ahead of such a threat is a primary reason for performing an experiment that might appear to be risky.
In the paper, Dr. Fauci also wrote, “Within the research community, many have expressed concern that important research progress could come to a halt just because of the fear that someone, somewhere, might attempt to replicate these experiments sloppily. This is a valid concern.”
The “gain-of-function” experiments, often carried out on bat-derived coronaviruses, revolves around manipulating, splicing, and recombining viruses to potentially obtain strains of highly infectious pathogens resistant to current treatment methods.
However, this type of research carries the risk of causing a pandemic. In 2014, realizing the danger, the Obama administration had seized all the funding for such ‘gain-of-function experiments’ in 22 fields, including those involving SARS, influenza, and MERS.
In his paper, Dr. Fauci also wrote that virologists needed to respect that there are genuine and legitimate concerns about this type of research, both domestically and globally.
“We cannot expect those who have these concerns to simply take us, the scientific community, at our word that the benefits of this work outweigh the risks, nor can we ignore their calls for greater transparency, their concerns about conflicts of interest, and their efforts to engage in a dialogue about whether these experiments should have been performed in the first place,” Dr Fauci wrote.
Dr Fauci had added, “Those of us in the scientific community who believe in the merits of this work have the responsibility to address these concerns thoughtfully and respectfully.”
“If we want to continue this important work, we collectively need to do a better job of articulating the scientific rationale for such experiments well before they are performed and provide discussion about the potential risk to public health, however remote,” he wrote in 2012.
Experts had opposed such experiments
In 2014, two years after Dr Fauci’s paper, prominent scientists, including the Cambridge Working Group of 200 researchers, had issued a public warning against funding such ‘gain of function’ research.
“Accident risks with newly created ‘potential pandemic pathogens’ raise grave new concerns,” the group’s letter read, adding that laboratory creation of highly transmissible, novel strains of dangerous viruses, especially but not limited to influenza, poses substantially increased risks.
The letter read, “An accidental infection in such a setting could trigger outbreaks that would be difficult or impossible to control. Historically, new strains of influenza, once they establish transmission in the human population, have infected a quarter or more of the world’s population within two years.”
In 2015, Steven Salzberg of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine said the benefits of gain-of-function research were “minimal at best” and can be achieved far more safely through other avenues of research.
“I am very concerned that the continuing gain-of-function research on influenza viruses, and more recently on other viruses, present extremely serious risks to the public health,” he wrote.
Dr Fauci had resumed his coronavirus research, kept Trump administration in dark
In December 2017, the National Institute of Health, of which the NIAID is a part, announced that it would resume funding the “gain-of-function” research in Wuhan Institute of Virology.
However, the NIH did not communicate the same to the Trump administration and instead kept the administration in the dark. Officials who worked in the Trump administration have disclosed that Dr Fauci had not raised the issue of restarting the research funding with senior figures in the White House.
“I think there’s truth in the narrative that the (National Security Council) staff, the president, the White House chief-of-staff, those people were in the dark that he was switching back on the research,” said an official.
Neither Mike Pompeo, the then director of the Central Intelligence Agency nor National Security Council member Matthew Pottinger were briefed by Dr. Fauci and his team concerning the resumption of “gain-of-function” experiments in Wuhan, as per the report in The Australian.
Fauci Also made many claims that the Trump administration would deal with an epidemic. Pretty good guess when you’re secretly funding gain-of-function research in China.
Fauci’s role in funding dangerous experiments in China under scrutiny
Dr Fauci, who has led the US response to the outbreak, is currently facing serious questions about his role in funding the radical experiments that were being conducted inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Until recently, Fauci said it is “highly likely” that the coronavirus has a natural origin. Fauci has since publicly shifted his tone, acknowledging in recent days that the virus may indeed have come from a lab.
On May 11, Fauci reversed his position on whether Covid-19 had leaked from the WIV and said he was now “not convinced” the virus had developed naturally and authorities needed to find out “exactly what happened.”
Meanwhile, the NIH has also come under significant criticism in recent weeks over funding WIV research relating to such “gain-on-function” experiments. Dr Fauci had denied carrying out such research inside WIV. Earlier this month, he told a US Senate hearing that the NIH “has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the WIV.”
However, research papers that were published last year in American peer-reviewed academic journals, written by the likes of prominent virologist Shi Zhengli, had disclosed that work on coronaviruses had been funded by at least three NIH grants.
At the time of Dr. Fauci’s research paper, there was a voluntary ban on “gain-of-function” research related to highly infectious influenza viruses. He had also asked what would happen if the experiments were conducted by the lab not subject to adequate safety regulations.
Earlier, it was revealed that Peter Daszak, a leading scientist whose organization EcoHealth Alliance had funded the coronavirus research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, had thanked Dr Anthony Fauci for downplaying the theory the coronavirus may have leaked from a lab.
Peter Daszak, the president of EcoHealth Alliance, a research group that secured a grant to perform coronavirus research in Wuhan before the pandemic, had written a mail to Dr Fauci to say a “personal thank you” on behalf of his staff and collaborators after the latter had dismissed the idea that the pandemic started due to a lab accident in Wuhan.
The exchange between Daszak and Fauci was part of more than 3,200 pages of Fauci’s emails that media outlets obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and posted online on Tuesday.
Fauci Is Even On Video Defending Gain-Of-Function From Critics in 2013
Dr. Anthony Fauci argues for gain-of-function research in 2013. He presents a slide from a New York Times editorial “An Engineered Doomsday” which pointed out if a virus escaped a lab it could kill millions. He claims safeguards have been put in place to prevent that.
LOS ANGELES — Convicted rapist and Clinton Operative Harvey Weinstein has been indicted on charges that he sexually assaulted five women in separate incidents that span nearly a decade, the Los Angeles County district attorney announced Wednesday. Why is everyone around the Clintons so involved in illegal sex networks?
“Anyone who abuses their power and influence to prey upon others will be brought to justice,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.
Weinstein made his initial court appearance on Wednesday morning after being extradited from New York. He pleaded not guilty to four counts each of forcible rape and forcible oral copulation, two counts of sexual battery by restraint and one count of sexual penetration by use of force, the DA’s office said.
Weinstein is charged with raping a woman at a hotel between September 2004 and September 2005, according to a news release. He also is accused of raping another woman on two separate occasions in November 2009 and November 2010 at a hotel in Beverly Hills.
A grand jury returned the indictment on March 15. The former Hollywood producer is scheduled to return to court on July 29.
New York prison officials handed over Weinstein for transport to California on Tuesday to face additional sexual assault charges, ending his protracted fight to delay his extradition.
Weinstein, 69, was released by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision at about 9:25 a.m., a department statement said.
His spokesperson, Juda Engelmayer, said Weinstein’s lawyers had still been trying to negotiate an extradition waiver.
“We will be fighting so that Harvey can receive his needed medical care and of course, so that he can be treated fairly,” Engelmayer said in defense of the rapist. “Due process, presumption of innocence and a fair trial are all still his right.”
Prominent Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California appears to have spent tens of thousands of campaign dollars on booze and limousine services, as well as over $20,000 at the luxury hotel where his wife used to work.
The tens of thousands of campaign dollars include limo services, luxury hotels, high-end restaurants and alcohol delivery services over the course of the second quarter, according to FEC records reviewed by Fox News.
The California congressman appears to have been driven in style with his FEC records showing the campaign spending over $10,000 on 26 rides from various limousine and luxury car services. Swalwell’s campaign also spent over $26,000 on luxury hotels.
More than $20,000 of the campaign funds that were spent at luxury hotels went to the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay, where Swalwell’s wife was the director of sales of the hotel according to her LinkedIn profile until 2019.
The California congressman dropped $566 on “Food & Beverage” through the alcohol delivery service Drizly in nine separate orders ranging from $5.79 to $124.86. Additionally, Swalwell spent $1,151 on “Refreshments” from seven trips to Capitol Hill Wine and Spirits, a liquor store local to the House side of the U.S. Capitol, and almost $4,400 at two California wineries on the same day for “Catering” and “Refreshments.”
While the payments to the wineries could have come from a campaign event, it is not clear that the seven charges at the Capitol Hill liquor store and nine Drizly charges were campaign-related.
The FEC records reveal the California Democrat’s campaign spent over $7,000 at luxury restaurants and steakhouses in D.C. In addition, Swalwell appears to have sat down for 13 in-person meals at Charlie Palmer Steak, O-Ku Sushi, STK Steakhouse at the Downtown New York City location and other high-end eateries.
Six expenditures listed as “Catering” on the FEC website showed Swalwell spent thousands of dollars on food at luxury restaurants, but those expenditures could also come from campaign events held in the capital.
Additionally, in a filing listed under “Supporter Appreciations,” Swalwell spent $205 on the website The Knot, where people list their wedding registries.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Swalwell, along with his wife, and other members of Congress traveled to Qatar on an all expenses-paid trip bankrolled by U.S.-Qatar Business Council, which is “dedicated exclusively to enhancing the bilateral business relationship between the U.S. and Qatar.”
Swalwell’s campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the expenditures.