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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The University of Southern California cancels its Muslim valedictorian’s commencement speech, citing safety concerns

 What was supposed to be a moment of celebration for Asna Tabassum, USC's 2024 valedictorian, turned into disappointment after the university denied her the opportunity to speak at graduation for security reasons.

“Over the past few days, the debate surrounding valedictorian selection has taken on an alarming tone,” USC Chancellor Andrew Guzman said in an online message sent to the entire campus. “The intensity of sentiment, fueled by social media and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, has grown to include many voices outside of USC and has escalated to the point of initially creating significant security and safety risks.”

Tabassum — “a first-generation South Asian American Muslim,” according to a statement she issued through the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Los Angeles — was to speak at the graduation ceremony on May 10.

“I am shocked by this decision and deeply disappointed that the university is giving in to a hate campaign aimed at silencing my voice,” Tabassum said in the electronic statement. He added: “I am not surprised by those who try to spread hatred. “I am surprised that my university, my home for four years, has abandoned me.”

As tensions rise in the Middle East, the deadly war in Gaza has generated a serious humanitarian crisis while sparking suffering around the world, with supporters of Israel and Hamas rallying online and in the streets, many of them supporting a ceasefire. The change in USC's commencement program only affects students' speech plans, Lauren Bartlett, the university's associate vice chancellor for strategic and crisis communications, told CNN.

Bartlett declined to elaborate on the security concerns that prompted the school's decision, saying: "In the interest of security, we do not disclose specific threats related to assessment."

For his part, Tabassum said in the electronic statement that he had “serious doubts about whether the University of Southern California’s decision to cancel my invitation to speak was based solely on security reasons.”

Suspicions remain “because I am not aware of any specific threat against me or the university, because my request for details regarding the university’s threat assessment has been denied, and because I have no additional assurances to speak up to begin with.” He said smiling.

When asked if Tabassum would still be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony and what security measures were being taken to ensure his safety, Bartlett said he did not have this information. Tabassum, a native of Chino Hills, California, studied biomedical engineering with a focus on genocide resistance and an interest in equity in global health care. Hossam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Los Angeles, said that instead of canceling Tabassum’s speech, the university should take more steps to ensure a safe graduation environment.

“Although USC has maintained Asna’s status as valedictorian, the cowardly decision to cancel her speech strengthens the voices of hate and censorship, violates USC’s commitment to protecting its students, and sends a terrible signal to both Muslim students and Muslims at USC as well as all students who They dare to express themselves. “Support for Palestinian humanity,” Ayloush said in an online statement.

He said Bartlett also had no information about whether the school had considered allowing Tabassum to share his speech before or after the graduation ceremony.

“To be clear: this decision has nothing to do with freedom of expression,” University President Guzman said. “There is no free speech right to speak at a graduation ceremony. The question is how best to keep the campus safe.”

“Although this is disappointing, tradition must give way to security,” he said.

Justices question obstruction charge against Jan. 6 rioter in case that could affect Trump

 WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices on Tuesday expressed concern about the Justice Department's use of the obstruction statute to charge those involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The case may be related to the prosecution of former President Donald Trump on charges of election interference.

The justices heard the appeal filed by defendant Joseph Fischer, a former police officer seeking to dismiss the charge accusing him of obstructing an official proceeding - Congress's certification of Joe Biden's election victory, which was interrupted by crowds of Trump supporters. .

The relevant law criminalizes efforts to obstruct, influence or impede any official proceeding. A conviction could result in a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

The court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority, has in the past been skeptical of prosecutors' assertion of broad applications of criminal provisions.

Some justices expressed similar sentiments during arguments Tuesday, questioning whether the law in question could be used to prosecute peaceful protesters, including people who have at times disrupted Supreme Court proceedings.

“Does a picket that disrupts a trial or access to a federal courthouse qualify?” asked conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch. "Will the speaker at today's hearing, or at the State of the Union address, qualify? Does pulling a fire alarm before a vote qualify him for 20 years in federal prison?"

Justice Samuel Alito, another conservative, asked similar questions during a lengthy exchange with Attorney General Elizabeth Prelogar in which he noted that the people who protested in front of the Supreme Court had not been charged under the law.

“I think that's a very different position than they would have taken if they had stormed the courtroom and stormed the Supreme Court police and demanded that the judges and other participants flee for their own safety,” Prelogar said.

Alito responded, saying: “What happened on January 6 was very serious and I cannot compare it to that.” “But we need to know what are the external domains of this basic system as it is interpreted.”

Trump himself faces charges of violating the same law, as well as conspiring to obstruct an official proceeding. These are among four charges he faces in an election interference case in Washington, separate from the secret money trial currently underway in New York.

Tuesday's hearing comes just one week before the Supreme Court hears Trump's attempt to dismiss election interference charges based on the presidential immunity claim. Judge Clarence Thomas was present for the arguments after an unexcused absence on Monday.

Both Fisher and Trump say the obstruction statute does not apply to their alleged conduct, meaning the charges should be dropped.

Fisher faces seven criminal charges, only one of which is the focus of the Supreme Court case. He also faces charges of assaulting a police officer and entering a restricted building, among other charges.

Conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh questioned why the Justice Department needed to charge Fischer using the obstruction statute, noting that he faces the other six charges.

“Why aren't these six counts good enough?” Requested.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Iran has attacked Israel. Here's why, and what might come next

 As Iranian missiles and drones flew toward Israel, they brought with them a new wave of tension, uncertainty and confrontation in the Middle East.

Why did Iran attack Israel? Israel and Iran are long-time rivals and have been engaged in a shadow war for years.

Iran launched the unprecedented attack in response to an alleged Israeli attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria, earlier this month. An Iranian military official said Sunday that Tehran's attack targeted the Nevatim air base, claiming that was where the Israeli attack in early April on the Iranian consulate was launched.

How did the attacks develop? More than 300 missiles were launched in the massive airstrike, including some 170 drones and more than 120 ballistic missiles. Of these planes, 99% were intercepted by Israeli and allied air defense systems, according to the Israeli military, and only a small number of them reached Israeli territory.

So what? The decisions made by the Israeli War Council will determine the immediate next steps. One of the members, Benny Gantz, said that Israel “will demand a price from Iran in the manner and at the time that suits us.” But Iran said a "new equation" had been opened in its hostile relationship with Israel and warned of a "much larger" attack on the country if Netanyahu decided to launch a tit-for-tat attack.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Truth Social made Trump richer and gave him a new megaphone. But it’s struggling as a social media site

 When he's not raising horses or working on a construction site, Nick Merchenek, 28, says he spends "a lot" of time on Truth Social, the social media platform created by Donald Trump.

So does Bree Duke, a retiree from northwest Georgia, who said she regularly checks Trump's frequent posts, called "facts."

“I love it,” Duke told CNN. “He has it on my TV and I have it on my phone.”

Both Mirtschink and Duke shared their rave reviews of the app while attending Trump's recent rally in Rome, Georgia, where regular Truth Social users were easy to find. However, outside of the MAGA movement, the social media site is struggling to find a broader audience. She is losing users and her traffic is down. As of November, there were approximately 860,000 active accounts on the site, a small number compared to traditional platforms.

However, on Friday, Digital World Acquisition Corp. agreed to a lucrative merger with Trump Media & Technology Group, owner of Truth Social, that is expected to generate a $1 billion windfall for the former president, just as the problems and legal action mounted. And provisions. He jeopardized his business empire, personal fortune, and campaign finances. However, this will not bring immediate relief, as Trump will not be able to sell his shares for six months.

It's a critical milestone for the social media site as well as Trump, paving the way for the former real estate mogul's return to Wall Street. The company will trade under the symbol DJT, with Trump's initials placed next to some of the world's most recognizable brands and companies, just as Trump Tower did before.

For Trump, whose colorful and aggressive Twitter presence helped chart his path to the presidency, the social media site has also become a new megaphone for his outspoken opinions. His most loyal followers, political reporters, and even his staff and advisors rely on the site to get a window into his latest thoughts, which he shares in dozens of posts daily.

But as Trump as a social media mogul enters his third year, the app's long-term viability (and purpose) remains unclear. Truth Social doesn't pose a serious threat to compete with, let alone Eclipse, The Trump administration warned the media last year that the company was at risk of bankruptcy if the merger did not go through, and most analysts question its current valuation of more than $6 billion.

“It's grossly overvalued,” Jay Ritter, a finance professor at the University of Florida, told CNN this week. “It is considered a meme stock whose price is separate from the underlying value.”

Instead, the extremely high rating appears to be closely linked to Trump's attempt to return to politics. But Truth Social has only proven itself able to survive, let alone thrive, if the nation's eyes are on the site's most famous user.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Truth Social owner Trump Media sues two former ‘Apprentices,’ seeking to wipe out their shares

Trump Media and Technology Group, owner of Truth Social controlled by former President Donald Trump, recently filed a lawsuit against two of its founders seeking to cancel their stakes in the multibillion-dollar company.

The lawsuit represents the latest development in the legal saga surrounding the push to acquire Trump Media and Truth Social, a deal that sent Trump's net worth skyrocketing and created a frenzy on Wall Street.

Trump Media filed a lawsuit on March 24 in Florida state court against Andy Letinsky and Wes Moss, co-founders of Trump Media who also starred on Trump's NBC show "The Apprentice." This lawsuit alleges that they made a series of “reckless and wasteful decisions” when trying to create the company that caused significant harm.

“Moss and Litinsky failed spectacularly at every turn,” the lawsuit says.

Lawyers representing United Atlantic Ventures, the company through which Letinsky and Moss do business, declined to comment.

The lawsuit, first reported by Bloomberg News, asks the court to force Letinsky and Moss to return their stake in the company.

The lawsuit claims that Letinsky and Moss will receive 8.6 million shares in the new company, through United Atlantic Ventures. At Tuesday's closing price of $51.60, that stake is worth about $444 million.

“This was a great opportunity for Moss and Letinsky,” the lawsuit said, arguing that the former “The Apprentice” contestants were “following in the coattails of President Trump.”

“Without President Trump, social truth would have been impossible,” the lawsuit states. Letinsky and Moss, through United Atlantic Ventures, had previously filed their own lawsuit in Delaware against Trump, arguing that the former president planned to dilute his stake in the new company.

Trump owns 78.8 million shares in Trump Media, which went public last week. The value of this share is estimated at about $4.1 billion, an increase of $228 million from Monday’s closing price.

Two investors in Trump Media insider trading case plead guilty

 Florida venture capitalist Michael Shvartsman and his brother, Gerald Shvartsman, pleaded guilty Wednesday to participating in an insider trading scheme tied to the massive deal that made former President Donald Trump's social media actions public.

Both brothers pleaded guilty in New York to securities fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, according to federal prosecutors.

The brothers were arrested in June and charged with illegally trading on non-public information about a shell company's secret plan to buy Trump Media and Technology Group, the parent company of the social media network Truth Social.

“Michael and Gerald Schwarzman admitted in court that they received confidential and privileged information about an upcoming merger between DWAC and Trump Media and used that information to conduct lucrative, but illegal, open market transactions,” said Damian Williams, US Attorney for the South. The New York District said in a statement.

The indictment accused the brothers and a third person, Bruce Garelick, of making more than $22 million together in October 2021 by trading their inside knowledge of the deal.

Shares of the shell company Digital World Acquisition Corporation rose after the blank-check company publicly announced a deal to merge with Trump Media.

“Insider trading is fraud, pure and simple,” Williams said. “Today’s convictions should remind anyone who might be tempted to subvert the integrity of the stock market that doing so could earn them a ticket to prison.”

After years of legal and regulatory delays, the Trump Media merger finally closed last week, paving the way for owner Truth Social to go public.

Trump Media's stock price skyrocketed, creating a financial windfall for the former president, who is the dominant shareholder. Trump owns 78.8 million shares in Trump Media, a share valued at about $4.1 billion. Trump Media (DJT) shares fell 4% on Wednesday.

The frenzy began on Wall Street in October 2021 after Trump revealed plans to merge his new social media company with Digital World Acquisition Co., a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC.

According to prosecutors, the Shwartzman brothers and Garelick, then a director on Digital World's board, informed friends and colleagues about the impending deal, allowing them to purchase securities in the SPAC before the deal with Trump Media became public.

The defendants passed confidential information about the impending deal with Trump Media to their friends. He traveled to Las Vegas and neighbors Michael Shvartsman and Gerald Shvartsman's employees at a furniture store.

There was no allegation in the indictment that Trump himself had any role in the alleged insider trading scheme.

Disney trounces activist shareholders in a major win for Bob Iger

 Disney won a close proxy battle against a group of activist investors seeking to secure seats on the company's board. The shareholder vote was a decisive victory for CEO Bob Iger.

Disney's board prevailed by what the company called a "large margin" over nominees put forward by Trian Fund Management and Blackwells Capital at its annual shareholder meeting.

Although Disney shares have risen nearly 50% in the past six months, some investors — including Trian and Blackwells Capital — expected higher returns and a more aggressive restructuring within the Mouse family. In particular, Trian wanted to align compensation with the performance of key executives, restore Disney's dominance at the box office, and expand the company's profit margin.

Iger not only bested Trian's Nelson Peltz, but defeated him, according to a person familiar with the vote count.

Peltz's bid for a seat on the board received less than a third of the votes, or about 31%, according to the source. Jay Rasulo, the former Disney CFO who joined Peltz's bid, also lost by a wide margin, the source said.

Individual shareholders, who own approximately 35% of Disney shares, also voted overwhelmingly (75%) for Disney's nominees. However, board members often receive much larger totals than three-quarters of the votes, suggesting that Peltz received significant interest from Average Joe's shareholders.

At the same time, Peltz had spent large sums of money on the fight, and the fact that he was not particularly close to winning a seat on the board was surprising.

“This is Peltz’s biggest loss ever in a proxy fight,” the person familiar with the vote said.

After his loss, Trian issued a statement saying he was disappointed with the outcome but appreciated "the support and dialogue we had with Disney stakeholders."

The investor battle that came to a head on Wednesday was widely seen as a referendum on Iger, who is more than a year into his second term as CEO.

The biggest challenge came from Trian, which nominated its founder, Peltz, an 81-year-old corporate raider, to the board, along with Rasulo, the former Disney chief financial officer.

Peltz had expressed political differences with Iger that fueled his campaign. In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Peltz disparaged “The Marvels” and “Black Panther” for pushing what Republicans often call a “woke” agenda.

"Why should I have an all-female Marvel? Not that I have anything against women, but why should I do that? Why can't I have both Marvels? Why do I need an all-black cast? Why should I have an all-black cast? Why should I have an all-black cast? Why should I have an all-female Marvel?" Peltz told the Financial Times.

Disney remains one of the most successful media giants on the planet, but it has also seen parts of its empire falter in recent years.

Many of its problems come with the task of running a sprawling media conglomerate in the 2020s: The once-profitable linear TV mogul is rapidly collapsing, while its theoretical replacement, streaming services, burns money. High interest rates have hurt its revenues, and movie theater audiences are growing bored with the latest Marvel sequels and Disney spin-offs.

“In some ways, the challenges are greater than I expected,” Iger said in an interview last year.

Friday, March 29, 2024

Trump is a ringmaster of multiple sideshows as Biden cranks up pace of reelection bid

 Donald Trump is running one of the strangest general election campaigns America has ever seen.

He sells Bibles, attacks judges, makes billions in the stock market, and brags about his golf game. On Thursday, the former president traveled to New York to attend a funeral ceremony for a fallen police officer, on a trip that allowed him to deepen his description of a nation lost and suffering from crime during the era of President Joe Biden.

But there wasn't much in Trump's busy week that resembled a traditional general election campaign, and certainly not one that could address some of his biggest responsibilities in his quest to return to the White House. That's a stark contrast to Biden, who this week wrapped up his post-State of the Union tour in North Carolina. The state was in Trump's column in 2020 and 2016, but Democrats believe they can bring it back into the spotlight. On Thursday evening, the president demonstrated Democratic unity and recalled the party's glory days at an event in New York with former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, which the campaign previously said had raised more than $25 million in dollars. That big money could be crucial in what will likely be a close race with Trump that could be decided by a few hundred thousand votes in a handful of states.

The three presidents repeatedly spoke about the threat a second Trump term would pose, with Biden saying the former president would violate the Constitution and alluding to Trump's comment that he would be anything but a dictator, an aide told CNN after leaving the fundraiser off-camera. in the first day". Videos released by the Biden campaign on Friday morning showed a light-hearted moment in which moderator Stephen Colbert compared Biden's busy schedule and Trump's golf activities, as well as Biden warning that democracy is "literally on the line."

Biden and his team have also been aggressively taking the campaign to Trump on policy. For example, they used the Supreme Court's arguments this week on restricting access to abortion medication to accuse the former president of stripping women of reproductive services by assembling an ultra-conservative majority, whose overturning of Roe v. United States amounted to an agitation for abortion. Wade has set off a chain of consequences. Trump has always been an outsider. His refusal to follow normal campaign rules is key to his political appeal among supporters who despise the ruling elites. Biden is operating on a traditional campaign trail, seeking to mend cracks in his coalition among young people, black voters and disaffected Democrats. But the presumptive Republican nominee's strategy at this time is best understood as a combination of his legal defense in multiple cases - where he claims he is a victim of political persecution - and as a series of photo ops aimed at attracting the attention he craves. For example, the former president on Monday scheduled a court appearance in New York and then threw a tantrum when the judge set a trial date for April 15 in a case involving hush hush payments to an adult movie television star. Trump returned to his old state on Thursday to attend a vigil for the fallen Long Island police officer. He later described the officer's killing as a "very sad event" and used the occasion to leave a scathing message. “We have to go back to law and order,” he said, trying to portray the United States under the Biden administration as a crime-ridden dystopia. But characteristically, despite his use of harsh rhetoric, the former president did not offer specific policies to improve the situation as a typical presidential candidate would.

On Thursday, the former president criticized his successor for not attending the vigil and sought to revive the Republican narrative that Democrats do not support police enough, which his party has repeatedly used in the wake of nationwide protests over incidents of police brutality against Black men. I think politically he can't support the police. “I think he's making a mistake, too,” Trump said of Biden in the recorded interview after the funeral. “But I think his political base will not allow him to support the police. “I support the police.”

Senate confirms FAA leader after 19-month vacancy

 The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Michael Whitaker to head the Federal Aviation Administration for a five-year term.

Whitaker is a former deputy administrator of the FAA under Obama, and said at his confirmation hearing earlier this month that his "time at the FAA gives me a real advantage" as he takes on the top job. Most recently, he was an executive at a company developing electric air taxis, and previously held leadership positions at several airlines, including United Airlines.

Now, Whitaker takes the reins of the FAA, as the agency, in his words, "faces significant challenges."

Industry officials say among his top priorities is to provide a strong, consistent hand in the direction of the Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees aviation safety, air traffic control and aircraft certification. The FAA has come under scrutiny after a series of passenger plane crashes on U.S. runways, flight disruptions linked to air traffic control staffing shortages, and 346 people killed in Boeing 737 MAX crashes after the FAA certified the plane as safe.

Whittaker also said he would prioritize technological and other improvements "to the aviation system of the future."

“When I was at the FAA just a few years ago, drones were new, commercial space launches were rare, and flying taxis still only appeared in cartoons,” Whitaker said at his confirmation hearing. “This has all changed and requires the agency to look forward, adapt quickly and implement a plan for the future.”

It has the support of a variety of aviation industry groups, including those representing airlines, pilots and airline passengers.

He is the second nominee to head the Federal Aviation Administration in the Biden administration. The first, Denver Airport CEO Phil Washington, withdrew his name due to criticism of his limited aviation experience and connection to a political corruption investigation.

The position became vacant in March 2022 when Steve Dixon, nominated by President Donald Trump, resigned midway through his five-year term. The agency is headed by a series of administrators, the most recent of whom is the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport.

Federal judge warns of Trump’s attacks in extraordinary rebuke

 A federal judge on Thursday sharply criticized Donald Trump's attacks on the judge overseeing the former president's criminal case linked to alleged hush money payments, telling CNN that such statements threaten the viability of the American legal system.

this week. It is unusual for federal judges to speak publicly, especially on specific policy or legal positions.

“It's very troubling when someone makes comments about a judge, and it's especially troubling when those comments are in the form of threats, especially if they're directed at family,” said Walton, who has also faced threats, as has her daughter. “We perform these functions because we are committed to the rule of law and we believe in the rule of law, and the rule of law can only function effectively when we have judges who are prepared to perform their duties without the threat of potential threats of physical harm.”

“I think it's important to preserve our democracy that we maintain the rule of law,” Walton said in the interview. “The rule of law can only be maintained if we have independent judicial officers who are able to do their jobs and ensure that the laws are actually followed and the laws are applied equally to everyone who appears in our court.”

“I think it's important that, as judges, we speak up and say things in reference to things that are likely to impact the process, because if we don't have a viable judiciary that's able to function efficiently, then we have tyranny. And I don't think that's good for the future of our country and the future of democracy.” In our country.”

In addition to the New York case and other legal matters, Trump is criminally charged in a federal election interference case, where he will likely face trial in the courtroom of Judge Tanya Chutkan, one of Walton's colleagues in the D.C. District Court. Appeals courts upheld a gag order on Trump in his case over the 2020 federal election, which limits his ability to speak about court employees in a way that could affect his case. However, Trump continues to rant against judges and others involved in his court cases elsewhere when not restrained by gag orders. The use of court-imposed gag orders against him has become widespread in recent months as the former president moves toward criminal prosecutions and because of a history of documented threats that have inspired his public attacks.

In New York, Trump repeatedly attacked the case of Attorney General Alvin Bragg and those involved in it ahead of what may be the first criminal trial of a former president. Trump criticized Merchan, his daughter and a prosecutor in Prague hours before Merchan issued a gag order. While the matter does not prevent Trump from speaking about Bragg, a public figure, or Merchan himself, Merchan noted that “there is sufficient danger to the administration of justice... and there are no less restrictive means of preventing that danger.”

Walton said Merchan “did the right thing” by not including herself in the gag order imposed on Trump. The gag order prohibits Trump from making statements about witnesses, attorneys, potential court personnel, or family members of prosecutors or attorneys seeking to intervene in the case.

Walton, who has been a senior judge on the federal court in Washington, D.C., since 2001, told CNN that he is speaking out against threats against judges because he is concerned.

Although threats may be made against you and your family, "you still have an obligation to ensure that everyone who enters the courtroom is treated fairly, regardless of who they are or what they have done," Walton said.

“However, it is very troubling because I think it is an attack on the rule of law when judges are threatened, especially when their families are threatened, and that is wrong and should not happen,” Walton said.

Prosecutors on Thursday asked the judge to "clarify or confirm" that the gag order includes the judge's family members, the prosecutor and the people covered in the order and "order that the defendant immediately cease attacking family members," citing Trump's social account. Media contributions. .

“The people believe that the order issued on March 26 was appropriately interpreted to protect members of the court family...the protection is broad,” he said.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Cargo ship lost power before colliding with Baltimore bridge; 6 presumed dead

 Editor's Note: Paul Begala, Democratic strategist and CNN political commentator, was a political advisor to Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign and served as Clinton's White House adviser. The opinions expressed in this comment are his own. See more opinion articles at .


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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s independent presidential campaign may not win, but it could tip the scales in favor of former President Donald Trump. Kennedy's choice Tuesday of Nicole Shanahan, a Democratic donor from Northern California, as her running mate is the latest point of evidence that Robert Kennedy's campaign is a heat-seeking missile aimed at Biden.

Some people, perhaps a little slow to accept, insist on the fantasy that Kennedy will be inspired by Trump, as a vaccine critic and conspiracy monger. By selecting his running mates, RFK Jr. ended that discussion.

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Not much is known about Shanahan, the Kennedy woman wants to be one step away from the presidency. She is a 38-year-old lawyer and businesswoman who grew up poor, raised by a single immigrant mother in California. She was previously married to Google co-founder Sergey Brin, and has used her wealth for various charitable and political causes.

In the political world, she described herself, according to the New York Times, as “a progressive in every sense of the word” and has donated to Democrats such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the representative of California. .Ro Khanna. And Biden. So, yes, I think we can conclude that she was on Team D.

A candidate born with perhaps the most famous name in the history of the Democratic Party has chosen a fellow candidate with a gold-plated Democratic donor history. Surprisingly, according to the Times, just a month ago, Kennedy spoke to Shanahan only once. Perhaps this was all the scrutiny Kennedy needed to choose someone to help him divert Democratic votes.

Common sense tells you that Robert Kennedy Jr. is more likely to get votes from Biden than from Trump. Only the name is the gift. Kennedy's name couldn't be bluer if he had McDonkey's Democratic face.

His great-grandfather, John Francis “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, was a Democratic congressman and then Democratic mayor of Boston more than a century ago. Her grandfather, Joseph P. Kennedy, chairman of the Securities Exchange Commission and later ambassador to Great Britain during Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Robert Kennedy Jr.'s father and namesake was a Democratic United States attorney general and a Democratic senator from New York. He was murdered the night he won the California Democratic presidential primary.

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Bobby Jr.'s uncle, John F. Kennedy, was a Democratic congressman from Massachusetts, then a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, and then a Democratic president of the United States, and was also the victim of a murderer. Another uncle, Edward M. Kennedy, was elected nine times to the United States Senate. Each time, he ran as a Democrat and held Democratic office. Teddy, like his brother, sought the presidency as a Democrat.

Bobby's brother, Joseph B. Kennedy II, a Democratic congressman. He was also Joe's son, RFK Jr.'s nephew, Joseph P. Kennedy III. Bobby's sister, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, was the Democratic lieutenant governor of Maryland. In 2021 she joined the Biden administration.

Patrick Kennedy, Bobby's cousin, was also a Democratic congressman and represented Rhode Island for 16 years. Bobby's aunt, Jane Kennedy Smith, was ambassador to Ireland during the Clinton administration, and his cousin, Caroline Kennedy, was President Barack Obama's ambassador to Japan and is currently ambassador to Australia in a Democratic administration.

I review this lineage, an unbroken line of Kennedys running or serving as Democrats going back a century and a quarter of a century, to suggest that maybe, just maybe, maybe, maybe, a third-party candidate named Bobby Kennedy Jr. could attract more votes. than the White House. More Democrats than Republicans. Get your boots on: Will a third-party candidate named Trump or Reagan have immediate appeal to Republicans?

As a former Clinton strategist, the stupidest myth I've ever encountered

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Colorado is spreading Boise State's March Madness misery. Will the Buffs make the NCAA tournament?

 Will the Buffaloes come?

The first round of the NCAA Tournament is officially set after Colorado defeated Boise State 60-53 in the First Four, setting up a showdown with Florida State.

Colorado entered the game sixth in the country in three-point shooting percentage at 39.4%, but it was a bad night for the Buffaloes, who were just 4 of 15 (26.7%). Still, Colorado was able to shoot from inside the arc and pulled away from Boise State with clutch shots.

Colorado, one of the most watched teams in recent weeks, needed all its wins at the end of the season to qualify for the tournament. Wednesday's win was Colorado's ninth in its last 10 games. Can the Buffaloes continue their run and go deep into March Madness?

Colorado defeats Boise State in the first 4

The first half was a terrible performance for both teams, with Colorado shooting 38.5 percent and Boise State shooting 29 percent. The Buffaloes and Broncos combined to shoot 2 of 18 from 3-point range, with neither team able to generate any momentum.

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The slow pace continued in the second half and turned into a slug fest. However, the Buffaloes were able to arrive late. After Boise State trailed by four points with 4 1/2 minutes left, Colorado State increased its lead to 11-0 over the next four minutes, effectively closing the gap when Eddie Lumpkin Jr. converted an airball into a bucket with 33 seconds left. won the victory. The match was sealed. Boise State missed six straight shots during that time.

Head coach Tad Boyle credited his team's defense for the victory, even though Boise State grabbed a whopping 19 offensive rebounds.

"We started out playing really hard on a glass team. Boise State is a physical team and they always come at us. And we made enough plays until the end. We played well all night. I thought our defense was great and our guys stuck together. —Boyle said.

Boise State is 0-10 in March Madness play.

Who will Colorado play next in March Madness?

The Buffaloes' next opponent is the Florida Gators, ranked seventh in the South. The teams are scheduled to play at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The winner of this matchup will face the winner of Marquette vs. Western Kentucky in the second round on Sunday.

When was the last time Colorado State participated in the NCAA Tournament?

This will be Colorado's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2021 and 16th overall. The Buffaloes enjoyed early success in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Final Four in 1942 and 1955. But since the tournament expanded in 1985, Colorado has never made it past the second round.

First four successes in the NCAA tournament

Colorado hopes to become the newest team to enter the tournament after playing in the First Four. Since its inception in 2011, a First Four winning team has failed to win a first round match only once, in 2019. Here are the teams that found success in the tournament after winning the First Four and how well they did. was.

2011: Virginia - Final Four

2012: South Florida - Round 2

2013: La Salle - Sweet 16

2014: Tennessee - Sweet 16

2015: Dayton - Round 2

2016: Wichita State - Second Round

2017: Southern California - Round 2

2018: Syracuse - Sweet 16

2021: UCLA - Final 4

2022: Notre Dame - Round 2

2023: Pittsburgh - Round 2. Fairleigh Dickinson - Round 2

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

2024 March Madness TV Schedule, Announcers: How to Watch the NCAA Tournament, Type Schedules, TV Channels, Brackets

The 2024 NCAA Tournament officially opened Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio, with First Four wins for Colorado State and Wagner. This means March Madness is in full swing, with 68 teams competing to be the 2023-24 national champion. With 67 games scheduled to be televised on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV, fans will be able to watch every game in real time, wherever and whenever they want.

There will be several notable voices in this year's NCAA Tournament call, with some new names taking on visible roles. Ian Eagle will step in as the lead play-by-play announcer, joining Bill Raftery, Grant Hill and reporter Tracy Wolfson as the new voices of the Final Four.

Eagle, a longtime staple of NCAA Tournament coverage, isn't the only one taking on a new role on the team. Former Purdue star Robbie Hamel joined the NCAA Tournament broadcast team for the first time as an analyst for first- and second-round games.

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During the NCAA Tournament, CBS and TBS will televise 21 games each, while truTV and TNT will broadcast 13 and 12 games, respectively. In addition to the March Madness Live app, where you can watch all the games, Paramount+ subscribers will now be able to watch all the games CBS broadcasts, and subscribers to the B/R Sports add-on on Max will be able to watch the remaining ones. Masu games.

From the selection show to the performance of "One Shining Moment" after the champion is crowned, CBS Sports and TNT Sports will bring you the magic.

Take a look at the announced 2024 March Madness teams and the complete 2024 NCAA Tournament schedule.

2024 NCAA Tournament Bracket Predictions: March Madness Expert Picks, Winners, Surprises and Favorites

 Selection Sunday officially announced the 68 teams competing for the national title, but the number was reduced to 66 after Wagner and Colorado State won the first four games on Tuesday. That number will drop to 64 by the end of Wednesday.

Now only one choice remains to be made for the start of the first round on Thursday.

The CBS Sports experts did just that below. We have spent months observing, analyzing and predicting teams. We stayed up late to watch games in the Mountain West and Pac-12. We get up early to polish film and interview players and coaches. To help guide your own decisions, we have used all of our accumulated knowledge and filled it in parentheses below.

Consider this a cheat sheet if you like. You are welcome to use my selections to autocomplete the brackets. Honestly, I won the group last year, so I don't blame you. But there's also no shame in relying on braces as a crutch. Have a strong preference for Purdue but can't watch the Nevada game? Want to know what GP thinks about Tennessee's chances of making the Final Four? Please see the various sections below. Get a sense of how we look at this group together as a team before everything falls apart.

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2024 NCAA Tournament seeding prediction

It would be great to see UConn become the first back-to-back national champions since Florida in 2006 and 2007. And to prove that the Huskies are the favorites in the betting market. So I understand that it might be foolish to disagree with them. But recognizing that, I'm going to continue doing what I've been doing for most of this season and trust the Boilermakers. Wouldn't it be great to see Purdue win the 2024 NCAA Tournament after losing to a 16th seed in the opening game of the 2023 NCAA Tournament? Zach Eady is a two-time National Player of the Year.・Do you have a championship trophy for this year? Has Matt Painter become the first coach since 1980 to lead Purdue to the final weekend of the season, relinquishing his label as the greatest coach who never reached the Final Four? It's all very good. Getting to the Final Four will be difficult considering Tennessee, Creighton and Kansas are also in the Midwest region. But I'll still make it to Arizona with the Boilermaker in tow. And once we get there, I think we'll win two more games and be in the net on the second Monday in April.

Friday, March 8, 2024

Sweden joins NATO as war in Ukraine prompts security reassessment

Sweden joined NATO in Washington on Thursday, two years after Russia's invasion of Ukraine forced it to rethink its national security policy and conclude that support for the alliance was the best guarantee of security for the nation. scandinavian

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Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson delivered final paperwork to the U.S. government on Thursday, the latest step in a lengthy process to secure support from all members to join the military alliance.

"Good things come to those who wait," said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, receiving Sweden's accession documents from Kristersson.

Blinken said "everything changed" after Russia's large-scale invasion of Ukraine, citing polls showing a massive shift in Swedish public opinion about joining NATO.

"The Swedes realized something very profound: that if Putin was willing to try to wipe a neighbor off the map, then he might as well not stop there."

For NATO, the accessions of Sweden and Finland, which shares a 1,340 km (830 mile) border with Russia, are the most significant additions in decades. It is also a blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has sought to avoid any further strengthening of the alliance.

Sweden will benefit from the alliance's common defense guarantee, under which an attack on one member is considered an attack on all.

"Sweden is a safer country today than it was yesterday. We have allies. We have support," Kristersson said in an address to the Swedish nation from Washington. "We have taken out insurance in the Western defense alliance."

Hakan Yucel, 54, an IT worker in the Swedish capital, said of the accession: "Before, we were outside and felt a bit alone. ... I think the threat from Russia will be much less now."

US President Joe Biden, in a statement, said the addition of Sweden makes NATO "more united, determined and dynamic than ever," adding that the accession of Sweden and Finland to the alliance meant the addition of "two highly capable military forces."

Sweden contributes cutting-edge submarines and a sizeable fleet of domestically produced Gripen fighter jets to NATO forces, and is a crucial link between the Atlantic and the Baltic.

"Sweden's accession makes NATO stronger, Sweden safer, and the entire Alliance safer," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement.

Russia has threatened to take unspecified "political and military-technical countermeasures" in response to Sweden's move.

"Joining NATO is really like buying insurance, at least as long as the United States is actually willing to be the insurance provider," said Barbara Kunz, a researcher at the defense think tank SIPRI.

While Stockholm has moved closer to NATO over the past two decades, the membership marks a clear break from the past, when for more than 200 years Sweden eschewed military alliances and adopted a neutral stance in times of war.

After World War II, she built an international reputation as a champion of human rights, and since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, successive governments have reduced military spending.

As recently as 2021, its defense minister had rejected NATO membership, only for the then-Social Democratic government to apply, along with its neighbor Finland, just a few months later.

"I guess (Sweden) had to really take a stand and I'm happy that we really did and that we're protected by NATO, because the tension with Russia has been growing for a couple of years," said Carl Fredrik Aspegren, 28 years, student in Stockholm.

While Finland joined the alliance last year, Sweden has been waiting while Turkey and Hungary, which have cordial relations with Russia, delayed ratifying Sweden's accession.

Türkiye approved Sweden's request in January.

Hungary delayed its decision on Sweden's accession until Kristersson made a goodwill visit to Budapest on 23 February, where the two countries agreed on a fighter jet deal.

The Swedish flag will be raised outside the military organization's headquarters in Brussels on Monday. "Sweden will now rightfully take its place at the NATO table, with an equal voice in shaping NATO policies and decisions," Stoltenberg said in his statement.

"Sweden's accession makes NATO stronger, Sweden safer and the entire Alliance safer," he added. He said the move "demonstrates that NATO's door remains open and that each nation has the right to choose its own path."

Biden Mentions Laken Riley at State of the Union, Calls Man Accused of Killing Her 'Illegal'

 During his State of the Union address on Thursday, President Joe Biden mentioned the death of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley and referred to the Venezuelan man accused of killing her as "illegal."

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Biden's off-the-cuff comments, sparked by an exchange with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., provided one of the most tense moments of the night.

By calling the suspect "illegal," Biden was using outdated language often preferred by Republicans, but long abandoned by Democrats and social justice advocates, when referring to people who have entered the country. illegally.

The exchange occurred during a portion of Biden's remarks as he urged Congress to pass a bipartisan border security bill that House Republicans killed at the behest of former President Donald Trump.

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Greene, who was wearing a T-shirt that said "Say Her Name," shouted Riley's name, prompting Biden to go off script. He paused briefly and then held up a button with the victim's name on it.

“Lincoln Riley,” Biden said, apparently mispronouncing the victim's first name, “an innocent young woman who was murdered by an illegal, that's right. But how many thousands of people are being murdered by illegals?"

Biden then directed his comments to the victim's parents, saying, "My heart goes out to you, having lost children myself. I understand."

Federal authorities say Riley, a 22-year-old nursing student, was killed Feb. 22 in Athens, Georgia, by a man who entered the country illegally.

Evoking Riley's death, Biden urged Republicans to pass the border security bill.

"We can argue about fixing the border or we can fix it," he said. "I'm ready to fix it."

During his State of the Union address on Thursday, President Biden referred to the alleged killer of Georgia student Laken Riley as "an illegal," but the term is in contrast to guidance from his Department of Homeland Security, that he had instructed staff to stop using terms like "illegal alien."

Biden was berated by Republican lawmakers to mention the name of Laken Riley, who was allegedly murdered by an illegal Venezuelan immigrant last month in Georgia. Republicans have cited the death as a consequence of the border crisis, which they attribute to Biden's policies. Biden, in turn, used the speech to reiterate his call for Congress to pass a bipartisan border bill.

But Biden grabbed a button with Riley's name that lawmakers had handed out and referenced her, even though he incorrectly pronounced her name.

"Lincoln Riley [sic]," he said. "An innocent young woman who was murdered by an illegal, that's what it is."

The use of the term "illegal," even in reference to an alleged illegal immigrant killer, upset some Democrats.

"Let me be clear: No human being is illegal," Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

"As a proud immigrant, I am extremely disappointed to hear President Biden use the word 'illegal,'" said Rep. Chuy Garcia, D-Ill.

Many on the left have urged for years against using the term "illegal" to refer to illegal immigrants, saying it is dehumanizing, preferring terms like "undocumented" or simply calling them immigrants.

It is also a term that the Biden administration itself has warned against using. In 2021, a memo from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services urged officials to refer to "undocumented individual" or "undocumented noncitizen" instead of "illegal alien."

"This change is designed to encourage more inclusive language in the agency's outreach efforts, internal documents, and in general communication with stakeholders, partners, and the general public," a spokesperson said at the time. "The guidance does not affect legal, policy or operational documents, including forms, where using terms (such as applicant, petitioner, etc.) as defined in the Immigration and Nationality Act would be more appropriate."

Since then, "undocumented noncitizen" is commonly used to refer to illegal immigrants in DHS press releases. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) also often refers to those who are "unlawfully present" in the country.

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New York Attorney General Letitia James Booed at FDNY Ceremony with Chants of 'Trump!

New York - New York Attorney General Letitia James was booed at a firefighter ceremony Thursday, overshadowed by a crowd chanting "Trump! Trump! Trump!"

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Boos erupted as James approached the podium to honor the swearing in of the FDNY's first African-American female chaplain, the Rev. Pamela Holmes, and other first responders.

"Oh, come on, we're in a house of God. Calm down," James told the rowdy crowd. "Thank you for getting it out of his system."

James continued her comments, paying tribute to the first responders, but some in the crowd continued to boo.

The crowd began repeatedly chanting "Trump!" Later in her speech, James said she prayed even for those firefighters in the audience who were booing her.

Department Chief John Hodgens later reprimanded the firefighters' rowdy behavior.

"Today's ceremony was about one thing: the achievements of the members who were being promoted," he said. "The members whose behavior distracted from that celebration were a disgrace and fell short of the best fire department in the world."

Late last year, James filed a lawsuit against the former president, alleging that she inflated her assets and committed fraud.

The decision was issued last month, ordering that Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential candidate in 2024, be banned from operating his business in New York for three years and that he must pay a fine of more than $350 million.

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Chueng said James "has caused untold damage to the state of New York during his disastrous tenure."

James' attendance broke with tradition, as the elected official historically invited to speak at the promotion ceremony has been the mayor.

A Brooklyn firefighter who was at the event but asked to remain anonymous linked the crowd's reaction to the recent case against Trump, which the GOP's 2024 presidential front-runner has called a "witch hunt." politically motivated.

A spokesperson for James declined to comment beyond the attorney general's real-time response to the boos.

FDNY Chief of Department John Hodgens called the insults "disgraceful" and "not worthy of the best fire department in the world."

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung criticized the attorney general as "an embarrassment to the people of New York."

Trump was ordered to pay $454 million, including interest, to maintain the massive judgment while he appeals the case in which a Manhattan judge found that he, his two sons and his company were responsible for inflating the value of assets in the financial statements before banks and insurers.

This is a developing situation. Stay tuned for more updates on this and other important events.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

George Santos Announces His Candidacy to Return to Congress

George Santos wants to return to Congress, or maybe just be back in the spotlight.The impeached and impeached former Republican House representative announced late Thursday that he plans to overtake Rep. Nick LaLota (R-N.Y.) on Long Island. Santos published the news in the middle of President Joe Biden's State of the Union address, which he attended and later insulted.

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"My promise is that I will never back down because of my love for this country," Santos posted on .

Santos faces 23 federal charges of fraud and his trial is scheduled to begin in September.

"To raise the bar in Congress and hold accountable a pathological liar who stole an election, I led the campaign to oust George Santos," LaLota responded in a statement. "If finishing the job requires beating him in a primary, tell me."

The LaLota seat Santos is seeking is further east on Long Island than the district he represented until December, when he was ousted by his colleagues.

Democrats are running a primary of their own, including chemist Nancy Goroff and former CNN analyst John Avlon.

Disgraced former congressman and noted fabulist George Santos announced another run for Congress during a surprise appearance at Joe Biden's State of the Union address on Thursday.

Despite currently facing federal criminal charges, Santos wrote on #NY1. I look forward to debating him on the issues and his weak record as a Republican. The fight for our majority is imperative to the survival of the country."

LaLota, who actively helped remove Santos from office, previously called Santos "a sociopath" and attention seeker.

"Even negative attention drives him. He has become an embarrassment and a distraction to Republicans in the House," he told CNN in 2023, before Santos' ouster from office.

Some of Santos' bizarre lies included claims that he graduated from Baruch College and earned an MBA in international business from New York University when he never graduated from any college. He said his mother worked in finance at the World Trade Center on 9/11 when she was not even in the U.S. He alleged that his maternal grandparents were Jews who fled the Holocaust when they were not. He also claimed that his company lost several employees in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, in 2016. None of those killed had ever worked with Santos.

Following his ouster, Santos became the first House member to be expelled in more than 20 years. Among his extensive criminal charges, Santos faces seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, one count of theft of public funds, two counts of making materially false statements and more.

Santos' presence on the House floor set social media alight, with many questioning how he was allowed to attend the State of the Union address. He was seen laughing on camera alongside Reps. Lauren Boebert and Matt Gaetz.

It is notable that, despite his expulsion in December 2023, he still has plenary privileges.

The former representative of New York's 3rd Congressional District told Semafor that he will file his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Friday and plans to move to New York's 1st Congressional District in the coming weeks.

Santos' attempt to return to Congress is just his next move in his continued hustle since he left office. Earlier this year, he launched a profile on the video app Cameo in an attempt to capitalize on his little more than 15 minutes of fame. He told CNN in February that he had made "1,200 videos to date," which the Guardian estimated would mean he had made more than $400,000 on Cameos alone.

Former Rep. George Santos announced Thursday night that he will run for New York's 1st Congressional District, challenging a Republican who voted to expel him from Congress.

"Tonight, I want to announce that I will be returning to the political stage and challenging Nick for the battle over #NY1," Santos wrote on X, referring to Rep. Nick LaLota.

Santos argued that "New York hasn't had a true conservative representing them since I arbitrarily left office, thanks to RINO and empty suits like [LaLota]."

"I look forward to discussing the issues with him and his weak record as a Republican," he added.

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President Biden's State of the Union Report Highlights Challenges and Priorities

 President Joe Biden delivered his State of the Union address Thursday night, highlighting several key issues and policy priorities for his administration.

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National Security: President Biden emphasized the need to confront the aggression of Russian President Vladimir Putin, especially in the context of the invasion of Ukraine. He urged Congress to send him the Bipartisan National Security Bill to support Ukraine and strengthen NATO.

Defense of Democracy: Biden drew parallels between current threats to democracy and historical moments such as the Civil War and World War II. He condemned the January 6 insurrection and emphasized the importance of defending democracy against threats both foreign and domestic.

Reproductive Rights: The President defended reproductive rights, especially in light of recent Supreme Court decisions and state-level restrictions. He highlighted the stories of individuals impacted by these policies and called on Congress to protect the right to choose.

Economic Recovery: Biden praised the economic recovery, highlighting job growth, rising wages and investments in infrastructure and clean energy. He emphasized the importance of middle-class prosperity and proposed measures to make housing more affordable and education more accessible.

Tax Reform: The President called for tax reform to ensure that corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share. He proposed raising the minimum corporate tax and implementing a minimum tax on billionaires to fund investments in health care, education and other priorities.

Health Care: Biden spoke about efforts to reduce prescription drug costs, expand access to health care and protect Medicare and Social Security. He highlighted the importance of affordable health care and proposed measures to reduce costs and expand coverage.

Overall, President Biden's speech was characterized by a sense of urgency and determination to address the pressing challenges facing the nation, both domestically and internationally.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Trump Wins All Delegates at Stake in Michigan GOP Convention Amid Leadership Battle

 In a high-stakes showdown at the Michigan Republican convention on Saturday, former President Donald Trump emerged victorious, clinching all 39 delegates at stake amidst a heated leadership battle that has divided the state party.

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The convention, held in Grand Rapids and presided over by former Ambassador and Congressman Pete Hoekstra, marked a significant moment in the ongoing struggle for control within the Michigan GOP. Tensions ran high as officials sought to move past disputes over convention logistics and leadership disputes.

Former Chairwoman Kristina Karamo, known for her denial of the 2020 election results and failed bid for secretary of state, was ousted from her position in January, setting off a chain of events that culminated in Saturday's convention. Despite Karamo's attempts to challenge the legitimacy of Hoekstra's leadership, a Michigan judge's ruling earlier this week affirmed Hoekstra as the rightful party chair.

The convention proceedings were marked by expressions of support for Trump, with Hoekstra repeatedly invoking the former president's endorsement of his chairmanship. Delegates, many sporting "Make America Great Again" hats, rallied behind Trump as the unifying force in the party.

However, the rift within the Michigan GOP was palpable, with some delegates expressing lingering divisions over the leadership dispute. Flyers supporting Karamo and denouncing Hoekstra circulated among attendees, underscoring the deep-seated tensions within the party.

Despite the internal strife, Trump's overwhelming victory in Michigan further solidifies his position as the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. With victories in Missouri and Idaho as well, Trump's delegate count now stands at 247, significantly ahead of his nearest competitor, Nikki Haley, who remains at 24 delegates.

As the Republican primary race heats up, Trump's dominance in delegate contests underscores his formidable position in the race for the nomination. With Super Tuesday primaries on the horizon and Trump's momentum showing no signs of slowing, the path to the GOP nomination appears increasingly clear for the former president.

Saturday's convention in Michigan, while emblematic of the party's internal struggles, ultimately served to reaffirm Trump's grip on the Republican base and set the stage for the next phase of the presidential race.