BRONX, NYC.) NYPD REPORT: Police are trying to identify and find those responsible (in the image below) for a violent subway robbery on Nov.14: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.30: A man in his 50s was aboard a northbound 2 train when he became involved in a verbal dispute with a woman passenger: When the train got to the Third Avenue/149th Street station, four men boarded the train, and allegedly joined the woman in punching the man and removing his backpack, which contained $500 and other valuables:

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A fifth man, who was not included in the photograph of the suspects police released, is also wanted: The victim suffered a bruised lip:

Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential:

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Nov.30: 2020:

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(MINNEAPOLIS) #Coronavirus MDH Report: Health Officials confirm that there were another 101 new #COVID19 deaths setting a new record on Wednesday according to WCCO #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.27: Minnesota health officials on Friday reported that there were 5,704 additional COVID-19 cases and 101 more deaths as of Wednesday. It’s the first time the state has breached 100 in newly reported deaths: The data is as of Wednesday due to observation of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will also be releasing Thursday’s and Friday’s data collectively on Saturday: Therefore, newly reported case and death numbers may appear greater than normal on Saturday:

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The new data from Wednesday brings the state’s death toll to 3,476, with 2,355 being in long-term care: Sixty-five of the 101 additional deaths involved someone at a long-term care or group home situation:

Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm issued a statement following the update, calling it a sad development, but not surprising: ” For weeks we have been sounding the alarm about the dramatic growth in COVID-19 cases. We know that more cases leads to more hospitalizations and deaths, and today’s news reinforces that tragic pattern,” she said: Malcolm says every public activity is now more risky than it was even a few weeks ago, so the best way to slow the spread is to stay home: ” This is painful and frustrating, but every day we get closer to having safe and effective vaccines that should help resolve this crisis. We anxiously await that day, and until then we all must do our part to ensure that all of our loved ones, friends and neighbors can celebrate those days with us,” she said.

#COVID19 Additionl Data:

Total cases in the state is now at 295,001. Nearly 22,000 cases have been found amongst health care workers; 244,982 people who have contracted the virus no longer need to quarantine: The state’s health system continues to strain with more COVID-19 patients being admitted for treatment.

According to MDH data as recent as Nov. 24, there are 387 patients with the virus needing ICU beds and an additional 1,454 patients needing non-ICU beds. That’s a total of 1,812 patients currently needing treatment for the virus in the state. Both ICU and non-ICU bed use for COVID-19 patients continues to reach levels not seen before in the state, and have increased since mid-September. There were about 271 patients being treated for COVID-19 on Sept. 15:

As for testing, over 55,000 tests were completed on Wednesday: A total of 2.4 million people have been tested in the state so far:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.27: 2020:

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(WASHINGTON) #Biden Report: A Joe Biden White House could be a boon for union activists as the Democrat seeks to implement a controversial California labor law nationwide according to Washington Free Beacon #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.27: House Democrats passed the PRO Act in February 2020 in a mostly party-line vote. The bill empowers the National Labor Relations Board to fine employers for violations of employee rights and allows the classification of independent contractors as employees: It also weakens right-to-work laws in more than half of the states in the country:

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Michael Lotito, co-chair of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI), said that the adoption of the PRO Act on the federal level would be one of the most dramatic labor reforms in American history: ” It’s like putting 100 Christmases together as a gift to labor,” he told the Washington Free Beacon in a phone interview:

The bill is similar to California’s Assembly Bill 5, passed last year: AB5 created a three-step test to limit the employers’ ability to classify their employees as independent contractors. A report from Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute suggests a Biden administration could adopt similarly pro-union standards in 2021:

” The PRO Act is viewed by some as an attempt to restore organized labor’s role in Democratic Party policymaking,” the WPI report states: ” The act’s future depends on the two Senate races in Georgia that will determine control of the Senate.”

” If Republicans maintain control, the PRO Act will almost certainly fail to advance,” the report continues. “In that case, the Biden administration would have to shape labor policy by other means, including by flipping the National Labor Relations Board majority and appointing a Democratic general counsel during President-elect Biden’s first year in office.”

On his campaign website, Biden called for implementing California’s employer-classification standards to target the gig economy and other industries that rely on independent contractors: Federal labor laws would be more difficult to challenge in court than state labor laws, Lotito said:

” On a nationwide scale, the ABC test, or the situation in California, then becomes the law of the land in all 50 states,” he said. “The independent contractor model is going to be destroyed as a result of the ABC test.”

The adoption of the principles of AB5 on a national scale in the PRO Act would have widespread impact on how employees are classified: The California law is already being challenged in state and federal courts by small-business owners and franchise operations. Kerry Jackson, a California Studies fellow at the Pacific Research Institute, said the policies have already hindered the Golden State’s economy and could do even more damage if applied federally: ” AB5 has already wrecked the personal finances of many in California and stripped workers of their freedom,” Jackson told the Free Beacon. “It’s also a threat to any business that relies on independent contractors to be profitable. On a national basis, the damage would be even worse.”

A Biden presidency would be able to accomplish reforms through executive orders: Biden, who did not respond to request for comment, stressed his commitment to supporting worker unionization by saying he would impose “a personal price” on business leaders who resist attempts to unionise: ” I’m going to hold company executives personally liable for interfering with workers who are attempting to unionize. It’s not enough just to have their corporations pay a fine. If they’re part of the problem, they are going to pay a personal price,” he said:

Labor unions donated more than $1 million to Biden’s presidential campaign, and 87 percent of unions’ total contributions went to Democratic candidates or causes: Jackson said that Biden does not need control of Congress to enact regulations that will harm employers: I imagine he’ll use executive orders as much as the courts will allow him to,” Jackson said. “His boss of eight years was not shy about using his pen and phone to make rules he couldn’t legitimately get out of Congress.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………………..Published: Nov.27: 2020:

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(NEW YORK) JUST IN: In last two days two people have been pushed onto subway tracks and todays its being reported that another person has been struck by a train according to Fire Dept officials #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.20: A person was struck by a subway train Friday morning: Fire Department officials say it happened around 3:30 a.m. on the tracks at Woodhaven Boulevard in Elmhurst: There were reports the victim was found under the train: There was no immediate word on their condition………..Subway service was affected earlier, but it is now back to normal according to @CBSNewYork

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On Thursday, a woman survived being shoved onto subway tracks at Union Square station in Manhattan. The train passed over her. The stunning incident was caught on video. A suspect in that case was arrested at the scene:

On Wednesday, a 36-year-old man was beaten and shoved onto the tracks at Bryant Park. An arrest has been made in that case:

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Nov.20: 2020:

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(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) JUST IN: Federal prosecutors accused a West Virginia man on Tuesday of conspiracy against the U.S. government and selling machine gun conversion devices online to followers of a far-right extremist movement according to CBS #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.18: Timothy John Watson, 30, was charged after he was arrested in early September for allegedly running a website claiming to sell wall hangers that authorities said could be actually used to turn semi-automatic AR-15 rifles into fully automatic machine guns: Authorities said the devices were sold to supporters of the anti-government “boogaloo” movement, the code word they use for their talk of a second civil war. Their prominence has grown during the pandemic as many dressed in Hawaiian shirts and camouflage garb, sometimes toting guns, attended protests against government shutdowns: Prosecutors said Watson’s customers include an Air Force sergeant in California accused of shooting and killing a federal security officer and of injuring several security personnel in May and June:

Self-Described ‘Boogaloo Bois’ Member Fired AK-47-Style Weapon Into MPD’s 3rd Precinct During May 28 Unrest

Authorities said Staff Sgt. Steven Carrillo had used a homemade AR-15-style rifle in two shootings and wore gear with references to the boogaloo movement: ” The suspect in this case appears to have supplied hundreds of people with these conversion devices, some to people who want to do Americans harm,” U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said in a statement: Watson had pleaded not guilty: A judge has not yet ruled on a request for Watson to be released under house arrest:

His attorney, Shawn McDermott denied in a court filing that Watson belonged to “any so-called Boogaloo movement” and said his client “would reject any ideology that is based upon violence.” He said Watson operated his wall hanger business legally and that his products are not designed to create automatic machine guns any more than a clothes hanger made out of metal:

#AceNewsDesk report …………………Published: Nov.18: 2020:

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(BOSTON, Mass.) JUST IN: Tonight we are in for a treat……….An annual tradition in November unlike any other. . . no not turkey and stuffing, but the Leonid Meteor shower! According to CBS #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.16: Every year around this time, the Earth passes through the dusty trail of debris left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle. The Leonids are one of our most reliable meteor shows every year. As long as skies are clear and you are patient, you will almost certainly catch a few shooting stars! …………..Current predictions are for about 10-15 meteors per hour this year: A few tips on how to best view the Leonids tonight: CBSlocal.Com/

First off, the Leonids stream from the constellation Leo, which unfortunately doesn’t rise above the eastern horizon until well after midnight: So, while you may see a few meteors early tonight, your best shot would be between 2 a.m. and dawn:

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Find an area with as little artificial light pollution as possible. Set up the lawn chair, lie back and focus on one section of night sky (preferably facing either northeast or southeast). Dress warmly and be patient! Oh, and don’t blink! The Leonids are one of the fastest moving meteors you will see here on Earth, clocking in at an astounding 44 miles per second!

And a quick note, every 33 years, when the comet makes a return visit, we have the chance at a stunning show with as many as 100 or more meteors per hour: The last such occurrence was back in 1998, we will get another shot in 2031 (so, mark your calendars!)…..

Of course, I’d be remiss if I left you without a forecast for tonight! Skies will be mainly clear for the first half of the night, with some higher clouds streaming in before dawn: Likely not enough to ruin the show for most of you. Temperatures will be chilly, dropping through the 30s overnight with winds out of the west, slowly decreasing by dawn:

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Nov.16: 2020:

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(CAMBRIDGE, USA.) JUST IN: Coronavirus Report – For the second time this month, there’s promising news from a #COVID19 vaccine candidate: Moderna said Monday its shots provide strong protection, with efficacy of 94.5% a dash of hope as cases surge to over 11-million in the U.S. and to 54- million around the world #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.16: The Cambridge-based company said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from the company’s still ongoing study. A week ago, competitor Pfizer Inc. announced its own COVID-19 vaccine appeared similarly effective — news that puts both companies on track to seek permission within weeks for emergency use in the U.S:

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Dr. Stephen Hoge, Moderna’s president, welcomed the “really important milestone” but said having similar results from two different companies is what’s most reassuring: ” That should give us all hope that actually a vaccine is going to be able to stop this pandemic and hopefully get us back to our lives,” Hoge told The Associated Press.

” It won’t be Moderna alone that solves this problem: It’s going to require many vaccines” to meet the global demand, he added ”

A vaccine can’t come fast enough, as virus cases topped 11 million in the U.S. over the weekend — 1 million of them recorded in just the past week: The pandemic has killed more than 1.3 million people worldwide, more than 245,000 of them in the U.S: Still, if the Food and Drug Administration allows emergency use of Moderna’s or Pfizer’s candidates, there will be limited, rationed supplies before the end of the year. Both require people to get two shots, several weeks apart

#AceHealthDesk report …………….Published: Nov.16: 2020:

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(QUEENS, NYC.) NYPD REPORT: Police have released name of the suspect in the case of three attempted rapes on Friday according to CBSlocal #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.14: Friday evening, police announced charges against Makijah Lino, 22: Lino is charged with forcible touching, rape and acting in a manner injurious to a child:

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CBS New York: Police say Lino’s stepfather helped catch him.

“ The father taking it upon himself to call the 102 precinct on his stepson really helped us expedite getting this individual off the street sooner than later,” said NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison:

Harrison says the first attack happened around 10 a.m. Thursday morning: A 20-year-old woman was on her way to work at Jamaica Avenue and 104th Street. That’s when the suspect allegedly came from behind, grabbed her buttocks, picked her up and tried to jog with her: The woman screamed and got away: Next, around 12:30 p.m., police say the suspect targeted a 14-year-old girl who was walking while FaceTiming her friend at 84th Avenue and 118th Street: Our perpetrator came from behind, throwing our victim into the bushes, trying to pick her up and pull down her pants, at which time she screamed and our perpetrator fled off,” Harrison said: The third and final similar attack happened just minutes later, allegedly in the park near Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. That 24-year-old woman also screamed and got away.

Thursday night, police released pictures of the suspect from surveillance video they found: Friday morning Harrison says the 102 precinct got a phone call: Our perpetrator’s stepfather called, saying that he saw his [stepson] on television… that he saw the video that was shared and he threw his stepson out of the house,” Harrison said: Police stepped up patrols near the park, and by 10 a.m. picked him up at Myrtle Avenue and Memorial Drive:

Chief Harrison says when cops found him, the suspect was wearing the same shorts and sneakers he was wearing during the attacks: ” Thursday], in the span of three and half hours, Makijah Lino allegedly attempted to rape two women and sexually assaulted a third woman. Within 24 hours of these purported attacks, Lino was apprehended,” Harrison wrote on Twitter Friday night. “Excellent work by Queens Special Victims and the 102 Precinct for identifying and apprehending Mr. Lino so quickly. Keep up the great work and stay safe!”

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Nov.14: 2020:

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(WASHINGTON) Trump’s Election Lawsuits: A State-By-State Guide Accoriding to Washington Free Beacon #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.10: President Donald Trump is gearing up for post-election lawfare after a host of media outlets called the presidential race for Joe Biden on Saturday: Biden leads in critical battlegrounds like Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and it’s not clear how Trump might erase those margins by litigation. An initial wave of lawsuits quickly fizzled last week as vote counters around the country tabulated results, though the campaign may ask for recounts and seek court orders establishing procedures for that process:

The Washington Free Beacon will track Trump’s legal efforts state-by-state and update this story as new information becomes available.: Trump’s Election Lawsuits: A State-By-State Guide

Arizona

Donald J. Trump for President v. Hobbs in the Superior Court for the State of Arizona:

In Maricopa County, the Trump campaign sued the Arizona secretary of state and a handful of local election officials on Nov. 7 alleging that “potentially thousands” of votes were wrongly rejected by poll workers who failed to follow proper procedures.

Vote machines in Maricopa County will reject votes that include splotches, stray marks, or multiple marks in the same race. The machine will display an alert and eject ballots if it detects such defects. The lawsuit, which includes affidavits from observers and voters, claims that county poll workers overrode those error messages when they showed up on screen instead of instructing voters on how to cast their ballots correctly, thus ensuring those votes wouldn’t count.

The plaintiffs want officials to identify any ballot cast in Maricopa County after an error message appeared. Those ballots should be inspected by canvassing boards and counted provided they are legitimate, the plaintiffs say.

The voter and observer complaints attached to the lawsuit revolve around the use of sharpies to mark ballots. Viral internet claims assert that ballots filled out by sharpie can’t be counted in Arizona. Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich (R.) looked into the matter and said he’s satisfied those concerns are false.

Biden is ahead of Trump by about 15,000 votes in Arizona.

Georgia

In re: enforcement of election laws in the Eastern Judicial Circuit of Georgia:

Trump lawyers filed a lawsuit in deep-blue Chatham County on Nov. 4 after Republican election observers raised concerns that a poll worker comingled about 50 tardy mail-in ballots with legitimate votes. Mail-in votes were due at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day in Georgia. The Trump campaign asked a state court judge for an order requiring officials to segregate tardy ballots from all other votes.

At an emergency hearing, a top election official testified that he inspected each of the 50 contested ballots and confirmed they were received on time. The matter was dismissed shortly thereafter.

“The court finds that there is no evidence that the ballots referenced in the petition were received after 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, thereby making those ballots invalid,” Superior Court judge James Bass wrote. “Additionally, there is no evidence that the Chatham County Board of Elections or the Chatham County Board of Registrars has failed to comply with the law.”

Biden currently leads Trump by about 12,000 votes in Georgia. Gabriel Sterling, a top elections administrator for the state, vigorously defended Georgia’s process in a Nov. 9 press conference.

“We are going to find people who tried to illegally vote. Is it 10,353? Unlikely,” Sterling said.

Michigan

Donald J. Trump for President v. Benson in the Michigan Court of Claims:

The Trump team asked a state court in Michigan on Nov. 4 to stop the tabulation of absentee ballots across the state. In an emergency filing, the campaign alleged that a GOP observer had been kept away from an absentee vote counting site in Oakland County and requested access to surveillance video of so-called ballot drop boxes. They also submitted an affidavit from a Republican attorney who alleged she was told that disqualified ballots were being wrongfully “cured” by canvassers.

Michigan Court of Claims judge Cynthia Stephens tossed the cases for several reasons, two technical and one substantive. First, she said the suit had come too late, since the absentee ballot counting was mostly finished by the time the dispute got to court. Second, she said the campaign was suing the wrong person. Michigan secretary of state Jocelyn Benson is the defendant in the lawsuit, but Stephens said Benson has no power to order the relief the campaign requests.

Third, she said the filing lacked sufficient evidence. The campaign did not describe the details surrounding the observer’s removal from the canvassing site, nor did it connect the incident to a broader pattern of malfeasance. Stephens also said the allegation regarding vote-curing amounted to hearsay and wasn’t admissible.

Trump lawyers are appealing the decision. Biden leads Trump by about 150,000 votes in the state.

Nevada 

Stokke v. Cegavske in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada:

As in other states, GOP lawyers in Nevada raised procedural concerns about observer access and scrutiny of absentee ballots in Clark County, where about 70 percent of Nevada voters reside.

A lawsuit filed in federal court sought to immediately halt the use of an electronic signature-verification software in favor of a manual review of mail-in ballots. The GOP plaintiffs said use of that software is not permitted under state law. They also claimed the Nevada balloting was beset by “irregularities,” citing  a woman who believes another person voted fraudulently in her place and a Republican observer who was asked to leave the Clark County canvassing center on election night.

U.S. District judge Andrew Gordon denied the GOP request during a hearing on Nov. 6. Gordon noted that the dispute over Clark County’s verification software is being litigated at the Supreme Court of Nevada. Though he seemed to think the software was compatible with Nevada’s election rules, he said the issue arises under state law and is best resolved in state court.

As to the other issues, the Nevada voter who feared fraud seemed to retreat from her claim by declining opportunities to submit an affidavit and cast a provisional ballot. And election officials stressed that GOP observers were on hand continuously at the Clark County canvass, even if one was asked to leave. The observer who was removed, Fox News commentator Chris Prudhome, violated the rules by using a camera in a part of the canvassing center where filming is not permitted, according to state lawyers.

“The plaintiffs have not come to the court at this point with sufficient legal showing and sufficient evidentiary basis,” Gordon said during Friday’s hearing.

“We’ve had answers for every allegation that’s been brought forward,” Clark County registrar Joseph Gloria said of Republican complaints at a Nov. 9 press conference.

The state Supreme Court asked Nevada Republicans and state officials to file legal papers on the signature-matching controversy by Nov. 9. Further action is forthcoming. Tens of thousands of mail-in votes could be at stake.

Biden is ahead of Trump in Nevada by about 35,000 votes. The deadline to finish the Nevada canvass is Nov. 16.

Pennsylvania

Republican Party of Pennsylvania v. Kathy Boockvar in the Supreme Court; In re: canvassing observation in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; and Donald J. Trump for President v. Kathy Boockvar in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania:

The Trump campaign is litigating a multi-front effort in the Keystone State.

First, the campaign is seeking to take over a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court involving the validity of mail-in ballots that arrived after Election Day. The state Supreme Court said any mail-in ballot that arrived by Friday Nov. 6 should be counted. The Trump campaign and Pennsylvania Republicans say the deadline set by the state legislature—8 p.m. on Election Day—ought to be the cutoff.

Over the weekend, an order from the High Court provided that ballots arriving after Election Day should be kept separate from all other votes, as they are the subject of ongoing litigation. The next step in that case is for the justices to decide whether the Trump campaign will serve as lead plaintiff. It’s possible that the Court will never resolve the lawsuit, as late-arriving mail-in votes may not be decisive to the outcome in Pennsylvania, where Biden currently leads by almost 50,000 votes.

Second, the campaign fought first in state and then in federal court over the rules for observers in the Philadelphia canvassing center. Events in Philadelphia have been at the center of conservative election fraud anxiety, as hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots from southeastern Pennsylvania flipped the state into the Biden column after Trump prevailed among Election Day voters.

Contrary to the president’s claims and the statements of his surrogates, Republican observers have been present continuously at the Philadelphia site. Campaign lawyers say, however, that the configuration of the room and social distancing rules are preventing their vote watchers from carefully monitoring the process.

A Pennsylvania appeals court sided with Trump on Nov. 5, saying election law requires vote counters to give Trump’s watchers some “observational leeway to ascertain sufficient details of the canvassing process.”

The campaign made a detour to a federal judge several hours later, claiming Philadelphia officials were not complying with the order. During an emergency hearing before U.S. District Court judge Paul Diamond, Trump lawyers admitted that Republican observers have been on hand in the canvassing center since the process began. Diamond dismissed the matter after the Trump campaign and city officials agreed both parties could have 60 observers present.

Back in state court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced Monday afternoon that it will wade into the controversy and decide what degree of access observers must have under state election law. Court officials are setting up an accelerated briefing schedule so the case can be decided quickly.

Third, the campaign sued Pennsylvania secretary of state Kathy Boockvar after she gave voters until Nov. 12 to confirm their identities if mail-in ballots were returned without proper proof of identification. The original deadline was Nov. 9. The judge said she would rule on Boockvar’s move later. For now, any voter who returns ID information between Nov. 10 and Nov. 12 will have their vote set aside.

Pennsylvania Republicans are litigating several other controversies with which the president’s campaign is not involved.

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Nov.10: 2020:

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(WASHINGTON) JUST IN: State Dept Report: The Trump administration on Tuesday informed Congress that it intends to sell more than $22 billion in advanced weapons to the UAE as part of the administration’s efforts to counter Iranian terror groups in the Middle East #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.10: The $22.37 billion weapons deal has been in the pipeline for some time. It includes 50 F-35 Lighting II aircraft worth around $10 billion, up to 18 MQ-9B drones worth nearly $3 billion, and a package of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions systems worth $10 billion, according to the State Department:

” This is in recognition of our deepening relationship and the UAE’s need for advanced defense capabilities to deter and defend itself against heightened threats from Iran,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement: The deal follows the UAE’s decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel. Relations between the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain have increased significantly during the Trump administration, amid shared concerns about the Iranian regime.

“The UAE’s historic agreement to normalize relations with Israel under the Abraham Accords offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to positively transform the region’s strategic landscape,” Pompeo said. “Our adversaries, especially those in Iran, know this and will stop at nothing to disrupt this shared success. The proposed sale will make the UAE even more capable and interoperable with U.S. partners in a manner fully consistent with America’s longstanding commitment to ensuring Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.10: 2020:

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(WASHINGTON) The acting deputy administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) John Barsa, told colleagues on Monday that there will be “no transition” until the General Services Administration (GSA) certifies the election results according to the Washington Beacon #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.09: should be aware, the only official announcement about an election result that matters is from the head of GSA, so until the head of GSA makes a determination as to who won an election, nothing changes. There is no transition in place,” Barsa told his colleagues, according to a recording of the call obtained by the Washington Free Beacon:

The General Services Administration is tasked with determining when an election winner has been “ascertained” and enabling a transition effort thereafter: The White House intervened on Friday to save Barsa’s job and keep him atop the agency. Because he had been serving as acting administrator, Barsa was slated to step down: Under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, acting officials must step aside after 210 days. So the director of presidential personnel, John McEntee, fired deputy administrator Bonnie Glick, who was slated to take over the agency. Barsa is now serving as acting deputy administrator.

A spokeswoman for the agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment: On the same call, White House liaison Catharine O’Neill reiterated the White House’s view that “the election is still happening.”

” The Electoral College has not voted yet, so we are still here, business as usual, working for the president, and making sure that everything that we’re doing is to serve the president of the United States,” she said:

McEntee is also warning political officials that anybody caught looking for a new job will be fired, according to CNN’s Jake Tapper. McEntee himself, who previously served as body man to President Donald Trump, was escorted out of the White House in 2018 over an unspecified “security issue” and brought back earlier this year…….

Barsa had a more muted warning for his colleagues: “D.C. is a really small town, sooner or later everyone gets outed for who they are,” he told colleagues. “So until you are no longer in your role, please continue to carry out your duties with the same pride and enthusiasm you have always had for your jobs, don’t let anything distract you from the mission you have before you and the task the president has trusted you to execute. It’s a small town. Comport yourself in a manner that you’ll be proud of years from now.”

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#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.09: 2020:

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(WASHINGTON) #Election2020 Champions of racial diversity were thrilled to see Trump significantly increase his support among minority voters as Libs Go FULL MELTDOWN Over Trump’s Historic Support according to Washington Free Beacon #AceNewsDesk report

Champions of racial diversity were thrilled to see President Donald J. Trump significantly increase his support among minority voters. Libs, on the other hand, threw a massive tantrum.

Trump, as of Wednesday, was on track to receive a larger share of the non-white vote than any Republican presidential candidate since 1960. He increased his support among black, Latino, and Asian voters. He even doubled his support among LGBTQ voters.

The libs have responded to this triumph of diversity exactly as you might expect. Having spent the last four years insisting that Trump was enacting a brutal regime of “white supremacy,” their brains exploded. Latinos who vote for Trump were immediately reclassified as “white.” Easier to denounce them as racist that way.

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Some elected Democrats, including Rep. Ruben Gallego (D., Ariz.), offered suggestions for how the party might improve its standing with Latino voters. His first suggestion: Stop using the word “Latinx,” woke jargon that appeals to educated white liberals and other party elites but most Latino voters have never heard.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who was promoted despite lying about hackers infiltrating her old blog to plant homophobic, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic commentary under her byline, proved Gallego’s point by expressing surprise that “Latinx” was not “the preferred term.”

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Trump’s surge of support among LGBTQ voters, meanwhile, was described as “frightening.” Some attributed it to the malevolence of “white gays” who couldn’t be trusted.

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New York Times columnist Charles Blow was hardly alone in expressing how “personally devastating” it was to see Trump improve his support among black men and double his support among black women. His very normal and level-headed column about the election results was headlined: “Exit Polls Point to the Power of White Patriarchy.”

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Democrats could ask themselves why minority voters are drifting away from the party and try to modify their behavior to strengthen their appeal among those voters, or they could keep screaming about white supremacy. Their initial response suggests a preference for the latter option.

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#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.05: 2020:

#breaking, #business, #finance, #international, #media, #social, #world

WASHINGTON: ‘ OBAMA’S FELLOW DEMOCRAT’S OPPOSE WEISS IN TOP FINANCE JOB ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – Dec.01 – President Obama’s nomination of Antonio Weiss to serve as the Treasury Department’s top domestic finance official is drawing fire from an unusual sector: his fellow Democrats The Hill reported. 

Liberal lawmakers like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have been quick to oppose Weiss, a major investment banker with Lazard.

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#finance, #oppose

BRUSSELS: ‘ GERMANY & HOLLAND PREPARING EMERGENCY PLANS TO RETURN TO NATIONAL CURRENCY ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – Nov.22 – I reported on this a while ago about the German’s stockpiling gold for the return to funding the Deutschmark. 

Now details have emerged indicating that both the Dutch and German governments were preparing emergency plans for a return to their national currencies at the height of the euro crisis according to a report on the EUobserver. 

In early 2012, a few months after the then Greek prime minister Georgios Papandreou and his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi had resigned, the Dutch finance ministry prepared for a scenario in which the Netherlands could return to its former currency.

Dutch TV documentary programme Argos Medialogica reported on Tuesday (18 November), based on anonymous sources, that the ministry had an emergency plan called Florijn, a reference the original name of the guilder, the Netherlands’ pre-euro coin.

Current finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem also confirmed the existence of the plan on Tuesday in his weekly interview with RTLZ.

“It is true that [the ministry of] finance and the then government had also prepared themselves for the worst scenario”, said Dijsselbloem.

“Government leaders, including the Dutch government, have always said: we want to keep that eurozone together. But [the Dutch government] also looked at: what if that fails.

And it prepared for that.”

That preparation included “practical aspects”, but the government did not print new national currency banknotes.

The plans occurred around the time when politicians openly referred to the possibility of a Greek exit from the euro.

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#currency, #euro, #finance

BRITAIN: ‘ FCA REGULATOR IMPOSES PRICE CAP ON PAY-DAY LOANS ‘

#AceFinanceNews – Nov.12 – BRITAIN: ‘ FCA REGULATOR IMPOSES PRICE CAP ON PAY-DAY LOANS ‘.

#borrowing, #debt, #finance, #loans, #money

BRUSSELS: ‘ EU Publishes New Sanctions on Russia in Bloc’s Official Journal ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – September 12 – EU countries have added Russia’s top oil firms, an oligarch, and a leading nationalist MP to their blacklist.

The names were published in the bloc’s Official Journal on Friday (12 September) in reaction to Russia’s invasion of east Ukraine last week.

The new regulation forbids EU entities from buying debt with a 30 or more day maturity, issuing loans, or selling financial services to five banks, three oil firms, and three defence companies.

The banks, already named in an earlier ban on 90-day bonds, are: Gazprombank; Rosselkhozbank; Sberbank; VEB; and VTB.

The newly named oil firms are: Rosneft; Transneft; and Gazprom Neft. The newly sanctioned defence companies are: Oboronprom; United Aircraft Corporation; and Uralvagonzavod.

The regulation blocks the sale of “dual-use” items to eight more newly named defence and technology firms: Almaz Antey; Bazalt; Chemcomposite; Kalashnikov; Sirius; Stankoinstrument; Technologii Maschinostrojenija; Wysokototschnye Kompleksi.

It forbids EU entities from supplying services for Russian deep water, Arctic, or shale oil exploration, including: drilling; well testing; logging and completion services; and supply of specialised floating vessels.

It also imposes an asset freeze and visa ban on 24 people, bringing the total since the Ukraine conflict erupted in March to 119.

Ten of the people are pro-Russia rebel chiefs in east and south Ukraine and in Crimea, including Donetsk region “prime minister” Aleksandr Zakharchenko, who recently co-signed a peace deal with Ukraine and Russia.

Twelve more are Russian MPs who supported the war on Ukraine, including firebrand nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

The new blacklist also names Russian oligarch Sergey Chemezov and major-general Aleksey Naumets.

It says that Chemezov, who chairs the Rostec arms conglomerate, is a “close associate” of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and that one of his firms is now building an energy plant in Crimea, which Russia annexed in March.

It says Naumets “is the commander of the 76th airborne division, which has been involved in the Russian military presence on the territory of Ukraine”.

EU Council head Herman Van Rompuy noted in a statement on Thursday the EU will assess “before the end of the month” whether Russia’s recent peace deal with Ukraine is being implemented.

He added that “in the light of the review and if the situation on the ground so warrants” the EU will “amend, suspend or repeal the set of sanctions in force, in all or in part”.

The White House on Thursday said it will also publish details of new measures on Friday.

Courtesy of EUobserver 12/04/2014 Publication Download Link  
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#russia, #banking, #blacklist, #brussels, #crimea, #defence, #eu, #european-union, #finance, #oil, #ukraine, #white-house

SOUTH CAROLINA: ‘ Speaker Bobby Harrell Indicted by Grand Jury on Nine Charges ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Columbia S.C) – September 11 – South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell has been indicted by a grand jury on charges related to misuse of his office and campaign finance violations.

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The indictments by the Richland County grand jury were announced Wednesday by First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe.

The nine charges against the Charleston Republican are two counts of misconduct in office, six counts of using campaign funds for personal use, and one count of false reporting candidate campaign disclosures.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Harrell should resign.

The indictments are the latest development in a bitter political dispute over how to handle this case that has lasted more than 18 months.

In February 2013, Ashley Landress of the South Carolina Police Council, a political group that advocates for smaller government, filed a complaint against Harrell with the State Ethics Commission. In it, she claimed the speaker used his office for personal gain for both himself and his family.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson asked the State Law Enforcement Division to look into the matter, and referred it to the state grand jury in January.

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#campaign, #charleston, #columbia, #finance, #grand-jury, #south-carolina, #speaker, #united-states

BRUSSELS: ‘ Juncker Moves Top People into Place by Putting Mogherini’s HQ in Berlaymont ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – September 11 – The EU foreign relations chief is to move her office back to the European Commission to steer a cell of top officials on external policy.

The new commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, set out the plan in a “mission letter” to the foreign relations head, Federica Mogherini, published on Wednesday (10 September).

He said: “To liaise more effectively with the other members of the college, following your suggestion, you will have your headquarters in the Berlaymont, and the commission will put a cabinet of an appropriate size at your disposal, about half of which will be commission officials”.

English: Insignia of the European External Act...

English: Insignia of the European External Action Service (EAS) ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Emblemet tilhørende Den europeiske avdeling for agering utad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He added that Mogherini will chair a new “Commissioners’ Group on External Action” that will meet “at least once a month”.

He listed seven portfolios that “have a strong external dimension”.

The list includes: neighbourhood and enlargement negotiations; trade; development; humanitarian aid; climate action and energy; transport; and migration.

He also said the commission will continue to run Mogherini’s human resources and will retain control over the vast majority of EU external budgets.

Mogherini’s predecessor, Catherine Ashton, moved her cabinet out of the Berlaymont, the commission HQ, across the road to the EU foreign service’s €12-million-a-year “Axa” building in 2012.

Her spokesman said at the time “it will facilitate contacts between the staff members … reinforce the team spirit and the corporate identity of the EEAS [the European External Action Service]”.

She was also meant to chair a group of commissioners with external-type dossiers. But it met just five times in five years and she did not go to any of the meetings.

EUobserver Reported: 

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#berlaymont, #commission-officials, #eu, #european-commission, #european-external-action-service, #federica-mogherini, #finance, #foreign-relations, #jean-claude-juncker

` First there was a `New Currency ‘ called `Bitcoin’ then came `Greed ‘ now comes Taxation ‘ allowing `Greed ‘ to have its own Reward’s

#AceFinanceNews says according to latest news Japan is looking at ways to tax Bitcoin transactions, a report said Tuesday, in the wake of the spectacular failure of the Tokyo-based MtGox exchange after a half-billion-dollar theft.

The finance ministry and the national tax agency are studying possible rules that could govern transactions using the digital currency, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said.

Authorities believe purchases made with Bitcoin can be subject to consumption and corporate taxes, even though the unit is not a legal currency, the Yomiuri said without citing sources.

This latest case of irregularities that has lead to an the recent investigation as cites by Reuters in saying Mt Gox, once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in a Tokyo district court on Friday, the company’s lawyer citing ‘outstanding debts of $63.2 million, after mysteriously going offline on Monday.
Investors may have lost all of their virtual coins, as the exchange’s computer system was exposed to fraudulent transactions and technical failures. More on this story at http://wp.me/pzTwj-2tk

Has allowed a way for countries to tax Bitcoin transactions and bring them in line with many other the Monetary Systems controls, as was always wanted by the a number of countries.

This latest round of investigations, has only added fuel to the fire.

#AFN2014

#afp, #bitcoin, #finance, #japan, #mt-gox, #reuters, #taxation

#Ukraine’s : `Finance Minister `Aleksandr Shlapak’ hopes for talks with `Russia’ over Finance and Gas’

#AceWorldNews says that Ukraine’s new finance minister, Aleksandr Shlapak, said Thursday that Kiev hopes for talks with Russia on continuing cooperation in finance and gas.

Ukraine could initiate such talks as early as next week, Interfax quoted him as saying.

The new government in Kiev is ready to hear “some claims or requirements” from Russia about continued cooperation, he said.

Ukraine’s parliament approved the appointment of a new government Thursday.

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#aleksandr-shlapek, #ap, #finance, #interfax, #kiev, #ukraines