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A lifelong New Yorker who had a chair hurled at him by a maniac outside a Hell’s Kitchen pizzeria said he’s now afraid to go out at night.

Vincent Buccino, 64, was sitting outside Amore Pizza Cafe on West 58th Street and Ninth Avenue and chatting on his phone after taking a nighttime walk around his neighborhood when a man yelled out “Bitch!” and randomly chucked the chair at his head.

Buccino, a retiree who suffers from high blood pressure and kidney disease, blocked his head and dropped his phone, giving his attacker the chance to run off with it. Buccino, meanwhile, ended up with a broken forearm.

“It’s going to change my life,” Buccino told The Post from the Manhattan rehab center where he is recovering. “I just have a fear now, going out at night. I’m never going to be on my phone again. It was like a real animal thing happened, really terrible.”

The Sept. 9 attack, caught on a video that was released by cops this week, occurred around 10:30 pm. Police described the suspect as a man with a dark complexion, last seen wearing a blue shirt and black and white checkered sneakers.

New super PAC to support pro-Trump candidates in midterm elections in November

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Some of former President Trump’s leading political advisers are launching a new Super PAC known as MAGA Inc. that is expected to spend heavily over the next six weeks to support Trump-endorsed candidates running in November’s midterm elections.

Nearly two years after his 2020 election defeat, the former president remains the most ferocious fundraiser in the GOP, as he hauls in both grassroots and top dollar contributions, and his Save America political action committee is sitting on nearly $100 million cash on hand in its coffers.

However, Trump has transferred little of his fundraising to fellow Republicans running in the midterm elections or to committees or outside groups backing GOP candidates. That has led to grumbling from some Republicans that Trump is hoarding his money at the expense of the party and its candidates that are underfunded in the midterms.

Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich, a veteran of the Trump 2020 campaign, will oversee the new committee. The news was first reported Friday morning by Politico and confirmed by Fox News.

Cloudflare Blocks Site Linked to Hate After Weeks of Pressure

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Cloudflare Inc. blocked Kiwi Farms on Saturday, days after hinting it will continue working with the controversial discussion forum despite weeks of pressure.

The company has blocked Kiwi Farms content from being accessed through its infrastructure after an escalation in rhetoric and “specific, targeted threats” over the past 48 hours, Chief Executive Officer Matthew Prince said in a blog post.

“This is an extraordinary decision for us to make and, given Cloudflare’s role as an internet infrastructure provider, a dangerous one that we are not comfortable with,” Prince said. While we believe “it would have been appropriate as an infrastructure provider for us to wait for legal process, in this case the imminent and emergency threat to human life which continues to escalate causes us to take this action.”

Previously, Cloudflare offered security services to Kiwi Farms. Visitors to Kiwi Farms sites that use any of its services will now see a Cloudflare block page and a link to Prince’s post.

Cloudflare came under pressure to drop Kiwi Farms as a customer after the online forum known for harassment and hate campaigns recently forced a well-known transgender Twitch streamer into hiding.

Kiwi Farms founder Joshua Moon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. He told Bloomberg News earlier this week that “the forum does not condone behavior besides on-site discussion.”

Users of the site have become even more aggressive following the internet campaign to pressure service providers to block it, Prince said, adding that over the past two weeks, Cloudflare contacted law enforcement in several jurisdictions over “potential criminal acts and imminent threats to human life that were posted to the site.”
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Republican senators on Thursday voted to block a bill that would have required so-called dark money groups to disclose their donors, hindering Democrats' efforts to increase transparency in elections.

The Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act targets political nonprofit groups and super PACs, requiring them to reveal donors who have contributed more than $10,000 during an election cycle. The measure also applies to groups that spend money on ads supporting or opposing judicial nominees.

The bill failed to advance as 49 Republicans voted against it. Republican Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho did not vote.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer first introduced the bill in 2010 and Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island has re-introduced it in every Congress since, after the landmark 2010 Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision allowed outside groups to spend unlimited sums of money on elections.

Nonprofits are not legally obligated to disclose their donors. Super PACs, on the other hand, are subject to federal campaign finance disclosure laws, but their funding often comes from dark money groups.

Whitehouse told Insider on Wednesday that he believes the GOP's widespread opposition is a demonstration of the party's dependency on dark money.

"Unfortunately, the Republican party has become as dependent on dark money as a deep-sea diver is on his air hose," said Whitehouse. "And so even though my colleagues know that the public hates this stuff, they try to respond to that hatred with their own efforts to paint us as a dark-money party. They have no choice but to vote against the DISCLOSE Act and protect their dark-money donors."
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Inspectors, Fanzhen, Warlords and now a PLA coup?

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Chinese President Xi Jinping became one of the top trending topics on Twitter amid unsubstantiated reports he is under house arrest and that China is in the midst of a military coup.

Xi and the phrase #ChinaCoup trended on social media after tens of thousands of users spread unconfirmed rumors that the president was detained and overthrown by the China's People's Liberation Army.

This speculation, which has not been discussed by any reputable sources, arrived as there are hardly any commercial flights flying over the capital of Beijing on Saturday, with unverified reports claiming all trains and buses are also being canceled out of Beijing.

Beijing Capital Airport's website does show that several flights out of China's capital have been canceled; but many others are still scheduled or already landed. There has also been reports the fights were canceled amid a planned military exercise.

Trump's "Special Master" Backfires, Immediately Asks About Declassification Evidence, Gets No Answer

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NEW YORK, Sept 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. judge appointed to review documents seized last month by the FBI from Donald Trump's Florida home raised doubts on Tuesday about the former president's claim that he should not yet review whether the records were classified or not.

In his first public hearing since his appointment as special master, Judge Raymond Dearie - serving as an independent arbiter, or special master, to vet the documents - pressed Trump's lawyers about whether they had any evidence to show Trump declassified the records.

NEW YORK, Sept 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. judge appointed to review documents seized last month by the FBI from Donald Trump's Florida home raised doubts on Tuesday about the former president's claim that he should not yet review whether the records were classified or not.

In his first public hearing since his appointment as special master, Judge Raymond Dearie - serving as an independent arbiter, or special master, to vet the documents - pressed Trump's lawyers about whether they had any evidence to show Trump declassified the records.

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Trump is under investigation for retaining government records, some marked as highly classified, at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, his home after leaving office in January 2021. Trump has denied wrongdoing and has said without providing evidence that the investigation is a partisan attack.

Trump has claimed in social media posts he declassified the records, but his lawyers have not made such a statement in court filings.

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Democrat corruption

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Mark Ridley-Thomas, an elected Democrat politician, and Marilyn Flynn, dean of the University of Southern California and assuredly a Democrat herself, are guilty of political bribery.
LOS ANGELES — A former dean at the University of Southern California pleaded guilty Monday in a bribery case involving a powerful Los Angeles politician who promised to help steer a multi-million contract to the school if his son got a scholarship and a teaching job.

Marilyn Flynn, 83, was dean of USC's School of Social Work from 1997 to 2018. In her plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Flynn said that she arranged for $100,000 to be illegally funneled on behalf of Mark Ridley-Thomas in 2018, when he was on the LA County Board of Supervisors.
Flynn and Ridley-Thomas, who is now on the Los Angeles City Council, were charged in the public corruption case last year. Ridley-Thomas is scheduled to go on trial in November on charges of fraud, bribery and conspiracy. He pleaded not guilty last October, only hours after his colleagues suspended him and the city controller cut off his pay.

Federal prosecutors said that Mark Ridley-Thomas offered to support a lucrative amendment to a county contract for USC’s School of Social Work — which had a multimillion-dollar budget deficit — in return for helping his son, Sebastian.

Flynn provides a full-tuition scholarship and a paid professorship, and concocted a scheme to funnel $100,000 that Ridley-Thomas provided from campaign funds through the university to a non-profit run by his son.
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas was previously a state Assemblyman. The $100,000 went to his organization, known as the Policy, Research & Practice Initiative.
He later received a $26,000 scholarship for 2018 and was offered a paid teaching position with a $50,000 salary, even though being a student and a teacher would violate school policy, authorities said.
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Can we Unite

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USA: why do we feel like our beautiful country is falling apart and think that nothing can be changed? The answer is simple: we have been taught to think this way.

But there is good news! On September 24, 2022 at 15:00 GMT, there will be a live broadcast of a historic event called “Global Crisis. USA" with simultaneous translation in more than 10 languages.

Every American citizen will have a chance to see the solution. This vital event will present concrete solutions and steps to make the American dream a reality for every citizen.

Americans want the truth! Americans want freedom! Americans want their dreams to come true!

The American dream is that every citizen, without exception, has everything he needs to live:

work 4 hours a day 4 days a week and have a stable high-paying job

spacious housing at the rate of 60 sq.m per person

enough money not only for a decent life, but also for travel, entertainment, hobbies

Feeling of Security

freedom from loans and debts

Do you want to live in a happy and safe world where everyone will be provided with food, housing, clothing, and high-quality medical and educational services by birthright?

Join the International online conference “Global Crisis. USA" on September 24, 2022. Let's build a Creative Society where the American Dream becomes a reality for every person on Earth!

Corporate Media and Republican sabotage fails: Biden approval rises sharply ahead of midterms

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s popularity improved substantially from his lowest point this summer, but concerns about his handling of the economy persist, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Support for Biden recovered from a low of 36% in July to 45%, driven in large part by a rebound in support from Democrats just two months before the November midterm elections. During a few bleak summer months when gasoline prices peaked and lawmakers appeared deadlocked, the Democrats faced the possibility of blowout losses against Republicans.

Their outlook appears better after notching a string of legislative successes that left more Americans ready to judge the president on his preferred terms: “Don’t compare me to the Almighty. Compare me to the alternative.”

The president’s approval rating remains underwater, with 53% of U.S. adults disapproving of him, and the economy continues to be a weakness for Biden. Just 38% approve of his economic leadership as the country faces stubbornly high inflation and Republicans try to make household finances the axis of the upcoming vote.

Still, the poll suggests Biden and his fellow Democrats are gaining momentum right as generating voter enthusiasm and turnout takes precedence.

Average gas prices have tumbled 26% since June to $3.71 a gallon, reducing the pressure somewhat on family budgets even if inflation remains high. Congress also passed a pair of landmark bills in the past month that could reshape the economy and reduce carbon emissions.
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24 States have at least one statewide GOP candidate who support Trump's Big Lie

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Amid his legal peril, former President Trump emerges from the midterm primary season with two trophies that show the extent to which he has reshaped the Republican Party in his image — and toward his obsessions.

Driving the news: In 24 states, across the map, Republicans are fielding 2020 presidential election deniers as November standard-bearers for statewide office — governor, secretary of state or attorney general. These candidates — nearly 1 in 3 GOP statewide candidates, according to AP — backed Trump's push to overturn the election or spread lies about results.

In the 26 notable GOP primaries in which Trump made an endorsement, he went 21-5, according to a "Final Primary Report Card" by David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter.

Why it matters: The implications for democracy in general, and the 2024 election in particular, are profound.

If Trump has foot soldiers administering elections in '24 battleground states, he'd have a distinct advantage in the general election, regardless of his Democratic opponent.

Between the lines: In the 26 Democratic primaries with an endorsement by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren or Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, those progressives went just 15-11, Wasserman found.

Reality check: Some Republicans are what Axios' Josh Kraushaar calls "pretenders" — they raised questions about the election to win the primary, but aren't hardcore denialists.

Some have scrapped that talk since winning the nomination. For instance, Don Bolduc, running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, quickly abandoned stolen-election claims.
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