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Yet Another Cheap Russian Knockoff of an American Mainstay

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>MOSCOW (AP) — A gunman opened fire in a school in central Russia on Monday, killing 15 people and wounding 24 others before shooting himself dead, authorities said.
>The shooting took place in School No. 88 in Izhevsk, a city 960 kilometers (600 miles) east of Moscow in the Udmurtia region.
>Russia’s Investigative Committee identified the gunman as 34-year-old Artyom Kazantsev, a graduate of the same school, and said he was wearing a black t-shirt bearing “Nazi symbols.” No details about his motives have been released.
>The Committee said 15 people, including 11 children, were killed in the shooting, and 24 other people, including 22 children, were wounded in the attack.

Republicans combat fraud, Democrats encourage it

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Republicans continue to battle Democrat fraud schemes, demands documents on billions in unemployment fraud flowing to crime rings, Democrats continue to support this fraud
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) this week championed a resolution of inquiry to investigate the billions lost to unemployment insurance (UI) fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic and request communications from the Department of Labor (DOL) establishing DOL's knowledge of taxpayer dollars sent to organized cybercrime, foreign actors, and international crime rings.

Wenstrup’s resolution of inquiry received bipartisan support.

Estimates indicate that hundreds of billions in unemployment insurance was lost to fraud since the summer of 2020. In February 2022, the White House conservatively estimated that 19 percent of total COVID unemployment insurance payments were lost to fraud.

Despite this, Democrats refused to include unemployment fraud protections last year, even as they extended COVID-19 unemployment programs. The DOL issued blanket waivers, letting states off the hook, and the Department neglected to conduct due diligence and fact finding for large volumes of suspicious unemployment claims.

During a House Ways and Means Committee markup, Wenstrup said:

“Our Democrat colleagues continue to turn a blind eye to what is possibly one of the greatest thefts of taxpayer dollars in American history. We’re facing billions of dollars lost to unchecked unemployment fraud involving organized cybercrime and international crime rings. Yet the Democrats have ignored repeated calls for congressional oversight hearings. This resolution is the first time this committee has given any airtime to discussing the issue, and only now because the Majority is compelled to.
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Major film studio stops unsafe practices

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After actors raised concerns about inadequate harnessing and increased exposure to wire injuries when trying to film "floating" sex scenes with lots of exposed skin the studio decided to drop such scenes for now until advances in CGI allow such scenes to be done more safely.

Biden officials to discuss "litigation options" over Republican Human Trafficking and Kidnappings

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Turns out what DeSanatis and the Republicas did was a crime. Oops!

Cabinet heads and White House officials will meet Friday morning to discuss a range of pressing immigration issues — including "litigation options" to respond to GOP governors transporting unauthorized immigrants from the border to other parts of the country, according to planning documents viewed by Axios.

Why it matters: News that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis chartered two planes to fly roughly 50 migrants — mostly Venezuelan — to Martha's Vineyard has triggered a wave of backlash from Democrats and immigration advocates, with many condemning the move as political and inhumane.

Driving the news: One asylum-seeker, Katiuska from Caracas, Venezuela, told Axios Boston co-author Steph Solis — who spent today on the ground in Martha's Vineyard — that she was told the group was going to New York City. Others said they believed they were heading to Boston.

>GOP Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona have for months been busing thousands of migrants and asylum-seekers from their border states to Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago, which are all run by Democratic mayors.
>Abbott also claimed responsibility today for sending two busloads of migrants and asylum-seekers to Vice President Kamala Harris' home in D.C.

The big picture: Immigration has proven to be a major logistical and political headache for the Biden administration, providing fodder for Republicans who have seized on the border crisis to hammer Democrats ahead of the midterms.

>The actions by DeSantis and other Republican governors are viewed as publicity stunts intended to draw attention to Biden's handling of the border crisis, rather than provide solutions that would address the realities of the strained immigration system.
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Mass grave of more than 440 bodies tortured by the Russians found in Izium, Ukraine

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>Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russians ‘leaving death behind’ after more than 440 bodies discovered in northeastern town.

Ukrainian authorities have found a mass grave in woods near the northeastern town of Izyum, days after recapturing it from occupying Russian forces.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy revealed the discovery of the burial site — containing some 440 bodies — in his address to the country on Thursday night.

A regional police official said earlier that some of those killed had died in shelling or air raids.

“The necessary procedures have already begun there. More information – clear, verifiable information – should be available tomorrow,” said Zelenskyy, who had visited Izyum on Wednesday.

Journalists who travelled to the site described hundreds of graves marked with simple wooden crosses among the trees. A larger grave bore a marker saying it contained the bodies of 17 Ukrainian soldiers, according to the Associated Press news agency.

Investigators were using metal detectors to look for any hidden explosives.

“I can say it is one of the largest burial sites in a big town in liberated [areas] … 440 bodies were buried in one place,” Serhiy Bolvinov, the chief police investigator for the Kharkiv region, told the United Kingdom’s Sky News. “Some died because of artillery fire … some died because of air strikes.”

It was not possible to immediately verify the Ukrainian claims and there was no immediate response from Russia.

In his address, Zelenskyy invoked the killings in Bucha, on the outskirts of the capital Kyiv, where Ukrainians found bodies of civilians lying in the streets in early April after Russian soldiers withdrew. He also referenced the southern port city of Mariupol, where Ukraine says tens of thousands of civilians probably died in the Russian assault and prolonged siege.
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Libs write filth blog promoting child abuse

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Democrat corruption

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker calls on Democratic state Sens. Emil Jones III and Michael Hastings to resign as one is charged with federal bribery crimes, and the other beats his wife for leisure
Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday called for the resignation of two Democratic state senators, one facing federal bribery charges and the other under a cloud of controversy over questions about his treatment of women.
Pritzker’s call for longtime Sens. Emil Jones III of Chicago and Michael Hastings of Frankfort to resign comes a day after the governor sought to portray political corruption and misconduct by elected officials as a bipartisan problem in Illinois.
The call for Jones and Hastings to step down comes as Democrats seek to maintain their dominance in Springfield, including their 41-18 majority over Republicans in the Illinois Senate, in the November election. Jones is unopposed on the Nov. 8 ballot, but Hastings faces GOP challenger Patrick Sheehan of Lockport.
“Integrity is essential to public service, and corruption for personal gain and abuse in private or public is unacceptable,” Pritzker said in a statement Thursday. “Illinoisans deserve to have elected leaders who are focused on representing them — not on holding office when facing serious and credible charges.”
Jones was charged Tuesday in a federal criminal information alleging that he accepted a $5,000 bribe from a red-light camera company executive to block unfavorable legislation, and then lied to the FBI.
Hasting has not been charged with any wrongdoing, but his estranged wife accused him of domestic abuse, according to court documents.
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House GOP eyes repeal of Dems' drug pricing law

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Some key House Republicans are calling for the repeal of Democrats' newly-passed drug pricing measure if the GOP flips control of one or both chambers of Congress next year.

Why it matters: The comments show Republicans are not giving up the fight against sweeping measures aimed at lowering prescription drug prices, and give a glimpse of what their health agenda could look like.

What they're saying: "If the courts haven't gotten to it beforehand, yeah we've got to do our job and try to defend the Constitution," Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) told Axios, saying the law is an "unlawful taking."

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, indicated repealing the drug pricing law is a likely agenda item. "Because those drug provisions are so dangerous, by discouraging investment in life-saving cures, I would imagine that will be a top priority for Republicans in the new session," he said.
Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) replied "yes" when asked if he backed repeal of the drug pricing law.

Between the lines: Democrats view the drug pricing measure in the Inflation Reduction Act as a clear political winner and are essentially daring Republicans to say they want to repeal it.

The law would for the first time allow Medicare to negotiate lower prices for a limited set of costly prescription drugs beginning in 2026.
Republicans deride the measure as a "price control" that would hinder drug development.
Other provisions in the IRA would limit drug price increases to the rate of inflation and cap seniors' out of pocket drug costs at $2,000 per year.
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Republican Clown World: Iowa teen who killed rapist sentenced, forced to pay family of rapist

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A teenage human trafficking victim who was initially charged with first-degree murder after she stabbed her accused rapist to death was sentenced Tuesday in an Iowa court to five years of closely supervised probation and ordered to pay $150,000 restitution to the man’s family.

Pieper Lewis, 17, was sentenced Tuesday after she pleaded last year to involuntary manslaughter and willful injury in the June 2020 killing of 37-year-old Zachary Brooks of Des Moines. Both charges were punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Polk County District judge David M. Porter on Tuesday deferred those prison sentences, meaning that if Lewis violates any portion of her probation, she could be sent to prison to serve that 20-year term.

As for being required to pay the estate of her rapist, “this court is presented with no other option,” Porter said, noting the restitution is mandatory under Iowa law that has been upheld by the Iowa Supreme Court.

Lewis was 15 when she stabbed Brooks more than 30 times in a Des Moines apartment. Officials have said Lewis was a runaway who was seeking to escape an abusive life with her adopted mother and was sleeping in the hallways of a Des Moines apartment building when a 28-year-old man took her in before forcibly trafficking her to other men for sex.

Lewis said one of those men was Brooks and that he had raped her multiple times in the weeks before his death. She recounted being forced at knifepoint by the 28-year-old man to go with Brooks to his apartment for sex. She told officials that after Brooks had raped her yet again, she grabbed a knife from a bedside table and stabbed Brooks in a fit of rage.

Police and prosecutors have not disputed that Lewis was sexually assaulted and trafficked. But prosecutors have argued that Brooks was asleep at the time he was stabbed and not an immediate danger to Lewis.
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