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Nevada venue fined $3,000 for hosting indoor Trump rally

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Nevada venue fined $3,000 for hosting indoor Trump rally

The city of Henderson, Nevada, has reportedly fined a company $3,000 for hosting a 5,600-person indoor rally for President Trump.

Xtreme Manufacturing was slapped with the fines over six violations pertaining to the state’s coronavirus regulations, which currently bar all gatherings above 50 people, the local Fox affiliate reported. The city had warned of impending penalties ahead of the president’s rally held on Sept. 13.

“The City of Henderson advised Xtreme Manufacturing that an event planned for Sept. 13 at their facility must comply with the governor’s COVID-19 emergency directives to not gather in groups larger than 50 people, require the use of face coverings and practice social distancing,” the city said in a statement to the station.

“During the event, a compliance officer observed six violations of the directives and the City’s Business Operations Division has issued a Business License Notice of Violation to Xtreme Manufacturing and assessed a penalty of $3,000.”

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak at the time said Trump was being “reckless and selfish” to stage the event and put people at risk to the virus.

“This is an insult to every Nevadan who has followed the directives, made sacrifices, and put their neighbors before themselves. It’s also a direct threat to all of the recent progress we’ve made, and could potentially set us back,” Sisolak tweeted Sunday night.

Trump and Xtreme Manufacturing’s owner, Trump supporter Don Ahern, have argued that the rally is an exercise of First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly. Ahern is suing the state over its COVID-19 restrictions, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

“I believe it is my patriotic duty to do what is right for our country and what is right is supporting President Donald J. Trump,” Ahern said at a news conference after the rally, according to the paper.

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Bidens to pay respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday

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Bidens to pay respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday

Joe Biden will pay his final respects to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday as she lies in state at the US Capitol Building.

Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, is scheduled to make the trip with his wife, Jill, one day after President Trump paid his respects to the late Supreme Court justice, his campaign announced.

Ginsburg, 87, who died Friday from complications from pancreatic cancer, has been lying in repose since Wednesday at the Supreme Court building, where thousands of mourners have paid their respects as they streamed past her flag-draped coffin.

On Friday, Ginsburg, just the second woman to serve on the nation’s highest court, will lie in state in the National Statuary Hall in the Capitol and will be buried next to her husband, Martin, at Arlington National Cemetery in a private ceremony next week.

Biden, who served as vice president during President Barack Obama’s two terms in office, described Ginsburg as “a giant in the legal profession,” after her death, saying she “practiced the highest American ideal of justice.”

Trump and First Lady Melania Trump paid their respects to the former justice Thursday at the Supreme Court building.

The president was met with chants of “vote him out” from a crowd gathered on the sidewalk outside the building, a gesture the White House later described as “appalling.”

Ginsburg’s death has also sparked a tense debate between Republicans, who vowed to nominate her replacement before November’s presidential election, and Democrats, who are demanding that the appointment wait until after the election.

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Massive pack of hungry raccoons roving San Francisco park

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A pack of masked “bandits” is marauding in a San Francisco park.

A pack of 14 of the furry critters emerged from the bushes at Golden Gate Park on Thursday, startling a father and son who snapped a picture of the bizarre scene, SFGate reports.

“It was so surreal…a posse of bandits…like out of a movie,” the dad, Marc Estoque told the outlet. “And then two minutes later there was a coyote. I was waiting for the unicorn to pop out.”

Ten raccoons were pictured, while another four were still hiding off in the bushes, Estoque said of his image.

The seemingly massive population of raccoons in the Bay Area has been long chronicled, with the SFGate reporting back in 2008 of a troubling raccoon “inundation.”

Estoque said the raccoons appeared to be looking for food. He shared the image to raise awareness of the problem with people feeding snacks with park wildlife.

“We want to keep the animals wild,” he said.

Tamara Aparton, a spokesperson for San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department, told the outlet that raccoons have been a problem in the area.

“We’ve been posting signage and doing education and outreach in the area, talking to people about the harmful consequences for the animals and handing out flyers in English, Chinese and Spanish,” Aparton said. “Rangers have also increased patrols in the area.”

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Steele dossier source was investigated by FBI for Russia links: Barr

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WASHINGTON — The primary source of the controversial Steele dossier had previously been investigated by the FBI for contacts to suspected Russian-intelligence officials, according to information released by Attorney General William Barr.

The new charge was outlined in a letter sent by Barr on Thursday to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), whose panel is investigating the origins of the Russia probe.

According to newly declassified intelligence, the FBI knew that the research compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele relied on a source that had “documented contacts” with suspected Russian intelligence officials — but still used it to obtain a warrant to spy on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

The document, now known as the Steele dossier, led the FBI to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants to monitor former Trump campaign-aide Carter Page as part of their “Crossfire Hurricane” probe.

Steele, an ex-MI6 agent, was paid by Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee to find dirt on Trump. He compiled the dossier, which was based on unverified rumors.

In Barr’s letter, he said he had declassified a footnote from Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s review of the Trump-Russia probe that showed Steele’s primary sub-source was the subject of an FBI counterintelligence operation from May 2009 to March 2011.

Steele’s unidentified source had contact with known Russian intelligence officials, the footnote said.

The source also attempted to recruit two people who knew an influential foreign policy advisor connected to President Obama, telling them they could “make a little extra money” for sharing classified information.

The footnote also shows the investigators in the Crossfire Hurricane probe knew in Dec. 2016 that Steele’s source was the subject of an investigation by their own department, and even interviewed the source over several days in Jan. 2017.

“To me, failure of the FBI to inform the court that the Primary Sub-source was suspected of being a Russian agent is a breach of every duty owed by law enforcement to the judicial system,” Sen. Graham said.

“This is the most stunning and damning revelation the committee has uncovered,” he went on.

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation has raised questions about much of the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between Russia and the Trump’s presidential campaign.

FBI leadership knew early on that the Steele dossier they used to pursue an investigation of Trump did not support their theory and was full of rumor, but repeatedly relied on it to obtain warrants to snoop on Page, declassified documents revealed in July.

“A small group of individuals in the Department of Justice and FBI should be held accountable for this fraud against the court,” Graham said Thursday in the wake of the fresh revelations.

“The committee will press on and get to the bottom of what happened, and we will try to work together to make sure this never happens again.”

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